Turning it around

To the editor,

You got courage [“Fearless vision”, Philanthropy Journal, 02.23.05]. We are steadily becoming a third-world country.

This weekend, the U.S. Governors Association hosted Bill Gates as a keynote speaker. Gates delivered a bleak indictment of our educational system performance, and the politicians who keep on hiding their heads in the sands.

At the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, we deal with gangs and violence. With proper schools, and after-school programs, there would be no need for me. I would be writing about art in Rome.

Out of 100 youth starting 9th grade in the U.S., how many you think graduate from college, allowing 6 years to complete a B.A.?

Answer: 18.

When ‘charity’ will start thinking and acting like ‘self-preservation’, only then will we be able to turn this once successful country around.

Teny Oded Gross, executive director, The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, Providence, RI.

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