told the woman in front of me that she couldn't buy the sack of potatoes. WIC,
the government food program for mothers and children, would not pay for
starches, and so the potatoes she had chosen -- "mistaking" them for
a vegetable -- had to go back to the supermarket's shelves.
Wright EdelmanPresident, Children's Defense Fund
Year’s Eve countdowns wound down, many people turned to the familiar ritual of
taking stock of where they are now to make resolutions for what they can do
better in the new year. We all measure our accomplishments and shortcomings in
different ways. Some people count numbers on a scale or in a savings account.
But what if we decided to take stock as a nation by measuring how we treat our
As part of Greece's
austerity policies, salaries for teachers and educational funding have dropped
rapidly. Students who can afford private tutoring may come to depend more
heavily on tutors than teachers.