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Reflection on My Three Years in the Sewanee Bonner Program by Gaby Spangenberg

Reflection on My Three Years in the Sewanee Bonner Program Gaby Spangenberg C'14 The Bonner Program at Sewanee is special to me, not only because of the many opportunities with which the program presented me, but also because I was…

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Poverty as a Source of Illness

Recent scholarship has shown that poverty by itself tends to increase illness.  For a recent overview of literature on this topic, see Dr. Perri Klass's recent New York Times blog:  http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/poverty-as-a-childhood-disease/ If this research is correct, then it would seem…

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What Children Need is Mentors, not Volunteers

In his blog "Fixes", David Bornstein explores an approach to helping children that involves sustained mentoring relationships, not use of short term volunteers. How might that impact the way the University's volunteer programs engage children in local schools? JFP

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Medicare payments frustrate appropriate care for the elderly.

The following article from the New York Times shows problems with the way in which Medicare pays for inappropriate care for the elderly. Libertarians might argue that this shows what is wrong with government financed healthcare  insurance systems. Liberals might argue that this report shows the need for reform of Medicare. What do you think? --JFP

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Occupy the (early) Classroom

In today's op-ed column, Nicholas Kristoff argues that if we are serious about ending socio-economic inequality, we should expand early childhood education, where educational disparity, a major cause of economic disparity, first shows up.  This point suggests that in planning…

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