January 2, 2014 |
Kate DiCamillo will be the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature in 2014 and 2015, the Library of Congress announced Thursday. DiCamillo will take up the duties of the position officially after being sworn in on Jan. 10. The ambassadorship was launched in 2008 to raise awareness about the importance of reading at a young age. Each author is appointed to a two-year term; previous ambassadors have been Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson...
December 27, 2013 |
Guess how many Americans correctly answered this basic financial question: Is the stock of a single company usually safer than a mutual fund? A) 100% B) 80% C) 60% D) None of the above. The right answer is D. Barely 1 in 2 people knew that a single stock is not safer than a mutual fund, which holds many stocks. The question, included in a survey by a pair of college professors, underscores a fundamental problem facing millions of Americans. At a time when the world of personal finance is increasingly complex - and when people are more responsible than ever for their own financial future - Americans' understanding of basic concepts is sorely lacking.
December 10, 2013 |
SOWETO, South Africa -- South Africans cheered rapturously as President Obama paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela at a state memorial service Tuesday, calling him a "great soul" who inspired the U.S. leader and millions of others to be better people. "We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again," Obama said. "But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world, you can make his life's work your own. "Over 30 years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land.
December 6, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- On a street corner in Soweto, David Mohale sat in the warm summer sun Friday, remembering the life of the man who brought him freedom, the hero of the nation's anti-apartheid struggle, Nelson Mandela. He also thought of his youth, and his own mortality. "You see what I am. I'm old too. I can can go any time myself," said Mohale, 86. "He's waiting for me there. "I feel so much sorrow because he was a good man, who learned the people how to live together.
December 3, 2013 |
Instead of going through Congress and making the initiative bipartisan, President Obama acted alone in mid-November, promising $100 million in grants to specialized high schools - such as New York City's Pathways in Technology Early College High School - that prepare students for technical careers. The president's on the right track, but why make it partisan? Schools like P-TECH are an idea whose time has come - one that can be adopted by both parties and by business as well as government.
December 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama will urge young people to sign up for health insurance at a White House forum aimed at mobilizing a demographic that is crucial to the success of his signature healthcare law. Wednesday's youth summit at the White House - and the evening Google chat with White House advisors David Simas and Kal Penn to reach a wider audience - will offer Obama a chance to reengage young people, a White House official said, and the...