Thu June 13, 2013

Commentaries: San Francisco high schoolers on the influence of music



For some, music is a source of inspiration, and even guidance. For others, it may be the beginning of a potential career path.

In these next two commentaries, high school students from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco explore the significance of music in their lives.

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Wed May 15, 2013

Hear Here: Seeking a higher education

Esther Goolsby at the 81st Avenue East Oakland Library

Esther Goolsby is from East Oakland, and she is one of the people Carl Rist’s program might have helped if it were around back in the 90s. She was living in East Oakland, and at age 16 was already a mom. She told our community storytelling project, Hear Here, about the path she took to a college degree. 

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Tue May 29, 2012

Forget Med School, Become A Plumber Says Thiel

Peter Thiel, prominent venture capitalist and founder of PayPal, recently claimed on 60 Minutes that plumbers make more money than doctors. So why bother with higher education? It’s expensive, and you can get an equally well-paying job without it, goes the rationale.

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Wed April 11, 2012

The Minerva Project: an elite online university

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Ben Nelson, the founder of the online photo finishing company Snapfish, just received $25 million from Benchmark Capital in Silicon Valley, to launch what he claims is the answer to the  “lockjaw” problem at elite universities. In other words, top tier schools are overcrowded and unable to expand their undergraduate capacity, resulting in droves of qualified applicants turning to less prestigious institutions. His idea is called the Minerva Project, an online elite university.


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Thu March 1, 2012
Radicalizing college campuses

Today on Your Call: How are college campuses becoming radicalized?

On the next Your Call, we’ll talk about how global events are inspiring political action.  On March 1st, protesters in support of Occupy Education California will begin a “99 Mile March for Education and Social Justice” to the capitol building in Sacramento.  What historical or recent event encouraged you to get politically involved?  Join us at 10 or email Is there a moment that caused you to get involved?  It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you. 


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