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What We’re Reading | January 4, 2013

February 1, 2013 3 minute Read by Jacqueline Lowe

From the Front Line to Front of the Classroom – Administrators are Finding that many Servicemembers Make Great Teachers
Written by USA Today’s national K-12 education writer, Greg Toppo, this article chronicles the growing trend of our Nation’s military men and women taking the helm of America’s classrooms at the end of their service.  Toppo describes a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics that paints a “sobering picture” of unemployment for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan; now averaging a staggering 10 %.   The article finds that the teaching profession, which will be in need of new educators in the coming years, is turning out to be a great fit for our veterans.  He points to Teach for America’s new Troops to Teachers program as a successful demonstration of the power of placing veteran in our Nation’s schools.

The Fiscal Cliff Deal: Two Views on Growth and Taxes
Amity Shlaes and Robert Asahina of The 4% Growth Project give their viewpoints on the fiscal cliff negotiations and what they mean for taxes and growth in the U.S. economy. As Shlaes puts it: “The big question about the fiscal cliff settlement is what that settlement will do to growth.” Both authors give a quick take on what higher taxes could mean for future economic growth and whether they will solve our economic problems in two separate articles. Asahina points out, “No one actually believes that “soaking the rich” will go very far to reduce the budget deficit, much less solve the problem of long-term debt.” Read more about the fiscal cliff and economic growth from The 4% Growth Project’s experts here.

Midnight in Havana: Will the Cuban Government Fall in 2013?
Recommended by the Freedom Collection, this article for ForeignPolicy.com by Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez looks at the prospects for change in Cuba in 2013.  Sanchez writes that Cuba’s “current political model will not outlast its founders,” but also notes “the regime in Havana has long demonstrated its skill in surviving even the most unfavorable predictions.”

ChinaAid founder Bob Fu impacts Midland, world with ministry
The Midland Reporter-Telegram announced Bob Fu as the Midland Person of the Year 2012. Fu works out of a small office in Midland and has “been fighting for religious freedom and human rights through his nonprofit, ChinaAid Association, for 10 years and already had been instrumental in improving the lives of hundreds in China.” As the article points out “His story also is included in the George W. Bush Institute's Freedom Collection, which was unveiled in March and recognizes significant human rights leaders.” Learn more about his work and ChinaAid from Fu himself in his Freedom Collection interviews.

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