Dr. Boyce Watkins on Why a Black Scholar Pities Trump. Dr. Boyce Watkins is "taken aback" by the way that Donald Trump is using racist code language to undermine the presidency of Barack Obama. "But when I analyze Trump's statements objectively," writes Watkins, "I must confess that the Business School professor in me doesn't understand his choices one bit. One of the first rules of 'Corporate America 101' is to avoid any serious controversy, especially religious or political, for this additional volatility almost never helps the bottom line." Rather than helping his "Apprentice" shows, Watkins says that Trump's behavior is driving viewers from the show in droves, inciting advertiser boycotts, and "his shareholders and employees will suffer." What ever happened to the calculated risk that made Trump rich in the first place? "Whatever the reason... the price is going to be steep... If I had to be honest, I'd say that deep down, there's a part of me that feels sorry for Donald Trump."
Dave Eggers and Ninive Clements Calegari on the Raising Teacher Salaries. "When we don’t like the way our students score on international standardized tests, we blame the teachers," write author Dave Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari. "Compare this with our approach to our military: when results on the ground are not what we hoped, we think of ways to better support soldiers." Both authors propose the way to change course for our schools is to make the teaching profession more attractive to the best young minds. "McKinsey polled 900 top-tier American college students and found that 68 percent would consider teaching if salaries started at $65,000 and rose to a minimum of $150,000. Could we do this? If we’re committed to 'winning the future,' we should.