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What We're Reading
From headlines on North Korea to commentary on the importance of school principals, here's a look at what the Bush Institute policy teams have been reading in the news this week.
This week’s headlines were focused on potential upcoming talks between the United States and North Korea. In National Review, Jonah Goldberg highlights the human rights atrocities of the North Korean government and warns: “The regime has been willing to starve its own people in the pursuit of nuclear weapons…Negotiating with North Korea may be the right thing to do, but our negotiators should understand the monstrosity they’re dealing with.” His thoughts echo the Bush Institute’s own policy reports on the country, including recommendations on combining the human rights and security issues, and Light Through the Darkness, which defines a new path forward for improving the human condition there.
In The New York Times this week, David Brooks writes that “Good leaders make good schools,” highlighting the point that principals are key to student success. Later this month, the Bush Institute will launch its first module of the School Leadership District Cohort, part of the School Leadership Initiative, which aims to dramatically improve the way our nation’s principals are prepared and supported through districts’ talent management of school principals and ensuring that school districts have the knowledge and tools to attract and retain effective principals.
Also this week, the U.S. imposed new sanctions on Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election. Critics of America are quick to compare Russian efforts with America’s actions abroad. But Bush Institute Human Freedom Fellow Thomas Melia writes in The Atlantic that there is no comparison. He describes the distinction as “the difference between programs to strengthen democratic processes in another country, versus efforts to manipulate another country’s election in order to sow chaos, undermine public confidence in the political system, and diminish a country’s social stability.” The Bush Institute’s Spirit of Liberty report reflects this sentiment as well, affirming that America must lead the strengthening of freedom around the world.
Two-Minute Take: Link Between Freedom and This Week's Top Headlines
Bush Institute's Lindsay Lloyd points out a common thread in the top news headlines this week, including the escalating conflict between the United States and Iran.
Why Should School Districts Focus on Effective Implementation?
Research-based initiatives should drive what happens in classrooms and schools. However, too often we see that new education initiatives fade away mid-year or that they have mixed results. The Bush Institute has released an effective implementation tool to help change this practice.
Q&A with North Korean escapee Peter Oh
Peter Oh is a 2019 North Korea Freedom Scholarship recipient who is pursuing his master’s degree in international policy and practice at George Washington University. He and his younger brother escaped North Korea in 2000 in search for food. He lived in China for three years before seeking asylum in South Korea with the help of Christian missionaries. He became a reporter for Radio Free Asia in Seoul and in 2010 was transferred to the Washington, D.C. office to report on North Korean issues.