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Get rich quick--no financing needed. "The lure of 'quick dollars,' according to [west-side charter-school teacher Toni] Billingsley, was one of the most crucial issues facing the kids she taught," writes Gregory Michie in Teacher Magazine (May). "'They see kids their age who aren't even in school making big money,' she explained. 'So they're thinking, "You're telling me to stick with this school thing, which means I have to not only finish grammar school and high school, but also possibly college if I want a career. That's a long way off. And here my 7th grade friend is selling drugs and he has all this money in his pocket, and next year he's going to buy a car." So when they see that, they're like--"What is all this for? My family is struggling, we can't pay the rent. I need the money now."'"

"The ascendancy of gay marriage as a political demand has a depressing side to it," writes Northwestern University professor and author Laura Kipnis in the Nation (July 5). "If modern marriage has transpired into a social institution devoted to maximizing obedience and the work ethic while minimizing freedom and mobility...the psychology of marital stasis is remarkably convergent with that of a cowed work force and a docile electorate. Who needs a policeman on every corner with such emotional conditions in effect?"

The multiple bottom line in action. Business Ethics magazine lists and ranks the 100 U.S. corporations that best serve shareholders, community residents, minorities and women, employees, the environment, non-U.S. stakeholders, and customers (most business rankings look at only the first of these seven groups). Local firms that made the 2004 list: Nuveen Investments (number 13), Motorola (24), Baxter International (73), Tribune Company (80), and Sara Lee (87).

Don't confuse us with the facts. Writing in Catalyst Chicago (May), Elizabeth Duffrin repeats what everyone professionally acquainted with education has known for years: "Decades of research on student retention have found that repeating a grade generally does not improve students' academic performance and, in the long run, increases their chances of dropping out. Yet the popularity of such policies is growing."

Words you won't hear from either major party's presidential candidate. "The peace movement [in Israel] is broad indeed," Ralph Nader tells Pat Buchanan in an interview published in the American Conservative (June 21). "They just put 120,000 people in a square in Tel Aviv. They are composed of former government ministers, existing and former members of the Knesset, former generals, former combat veterans, former heads of internal security, people from all backgrounds. It is not any fringe movement. . . . Instead of focusing on how to bring a peaceful settlement, both parties [in the U.S.] concede their independent judgment to the pro-Israeli lobbies in this country because they perceive them as determining the margin in some state elections and as sources of funding. . . . There is far more freedom in Israel to discuss this than there is in the United States, which is providing billions of dollars in economic and military assistance."

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