Today in Washington DC, traffic is snarled, the Metro is crowded, and the mood is festive. We get a lot of demonstrations and commemorations here in the Nation’s Capital. We natives like to think we’re above it all, going about our business as busloads of ardent citizens sally forth for this or that cause.
Today, however, is different. We mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, of the “I have a dream” speech. That day and that march changed America.
By Julie Walker
Attending the 2012 Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) conference was in many ways a surreal experience. In an odd sort of way, it was also a validation for the work of my association and my profession. Fifteen years ago I attended a gathering in Washington, DC designed to bring together major stakeholders around the hottest topic of its time: Internet safety. By far the most vocalized threat was exposure to pornography. By far the favored solution of the day was “protecting” children — and adults — by blocking and/or filtering access to the Internet.
I recently came across two things that got me thinking about America’s strikingly high dropout rate and what the media and telecommunications industry has done to encourage kids to either drop out or stay in school.
The first instance was some information that came my way about a Get Schooled event in Chicago. The second was an article1 for a communications law journal about telecommunications technology, digital literacy, and America’s high dropout rate written by Michael Powell, the President and CEO of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association (NCTA).
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President, spoke during the Cable Show general session about Joining Forces, a program she and Michelle Obama created to recognize, honor, and support military families. At the National PTA Convention earlier this month, a National Guard general spoke about the hardships and struggles of military families when loved ones are deployed.
Unless you have a close family member serving in the military, you can’t understand what these brave and dedicated Americans experience when the nation is at war.