Beyond Labels

A 360° Discussion of Foreign, National and Local Policy Issues

Scott Miller

8/7/23: Israel’s Supreme Court Crisis

The news recently has been filled with stories about protests in Israel in response to the government’s recent legislation to curb the power of the Israeli Supreme Court. We’ll discuss the situation in Israel, comparable circumstances in other countries and the current efforts by the U.S. Congress to establish parameters governing Supreme Court Justices.

Here are a couple of relevant articles (there are lots of them):

July 31: U.S. Education (again)

Recent articles triggered by a recent study of educational progress by elementary and middle-school students, such as this one in the New York Times, has motivated us to revisit the subject of our education system: where is it succeeding, where is it falling short, and what can be done about it?

We’ll be joined on Monday by Marc Tucker, former President and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy and now a resident of Brooksville. Needless to say, he should be well positioned to provide some experience-based content (and context) to our musings about how education can be improved.

Marc prepared a PowerPoint presentation, attached, to get us started. Please review it before Monday…we’ll probably start with this as a focus for discussion.

See you Monday!

7/24: Up for grabs

Tomorrow’s Beyond Labels discussion will have no predetermined topic, so we can be as freewheeling as the participants would like.

Next week’s discussion will be about education in the U.S., in particular, the recent declines in math and reading scores amongst eighth-graders (the age at which, I guess, we do comprehensive testing).

More to come on that subject in the next few days.

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