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Posted by DEAN SKIP RUTHERFORD – If you are a C-Span junkie like I am, then don’t miss Steve Scully’s appearance at the Clinton School Monday evening. Steve is C-Span’s political editor and also coordinates the network’s educational distance-learning program in cooperation with the University of Denver. Steve was also very helpful when C-Span aired every class of the nation’s first college course on “The Clinton Presidency,” taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) by Professor Peggy Scranton.
I’ve known Steve for several years. In fact, he came to Little Rock and hosted a C-Span televised walk through of the Clinton Presidential Materials Project, where the Clinton archival collection was stored, before the Clinton Library opened in 2004. Recently, C-Span covered Bush Advisor Karl Rove’s speech in Little Rock, hosted by the Clinton School. Continue Reading →
Why I Support (Some) Charter Schools – Keith Nitta, Clinton School Professor
First, let’s be clear: I believe that public schools are vital for our nation’s democracy, economy, and security. Charter schools are public schools that have attracted attention from key business and minority leaders, whose support is absolutely essential for any widespread school reform. I support charter schools as one strategy among many for keeping the educational promise we extend to all children. Continue Reading →
Posted by PATRICK KENNEDY – Before the Karl Rove’s speech this morning at the Statehouse Convention Center, a group of four including myself, sat backstage listening to Rove talk candidly about life and politics for about an hour. At one point, he even poked fun of his own mythical status as the genius behind all that is good and bad in the world of politics.
We all saw a different side of Rove backstage that is not seen on television. In listening to Rove, there was a cold beauty in his understanding and usage of realism in shaping a political strategy. I was fascinated, curious but completely not interested in the boring ol’ partisan epithets that were thrown my way for weeks by those who disagreed with Rove. Continue Reading →
Posted by PATRICK KENNEDY – Last semester, the Clinton School hosted 109 year-old Ruth Lincoln (believed to be the oldest living Arkansan) as a guest lecturer in our Distinguished Speaker Program. Dean Skip Rutherford asked Lincoln questions about her experiences during WWI and WWII, the Great Depression and now the “War on Terrorism.” Lincoln was by far one of the most popular speakers at the school.
To even things out, the Clinton School will host 12 year-old Noah McCullough later this spring. If you’ve watched David Letterman, Jay Leno or Oprah recently, you’ve seen the precocious McCullough speak about his nomination for U.S. President in the year 2032. Continue Reading →
Posted by DEAN SKIP RUTHERFORD – When we started the planning of the Clinton Presidential Center and the Clinton School in 1997, a group of us, including University of Arkansas President Dr. Alan Sugg, visited Texas A&M University in College Station to learn about the George H.W. Bush School and the Bush Presidential Library.
Throughout the planning, building and opening of the Clinton Center and Clinton School, those associated with the Bush Library and Bush School were most helpful, cooperative, patient and gracious. They assisted us with answers to hundreds of questions. I can’t say enough good things about how open they were with information and how generous they were with their time. Continue Reading →
Posted by FAY KELLE – While public debate has begun to swirl around whether to strengthen, maintain or weaken the provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the most consequential aspect of this re-authorization process will not be what is debated but what is not debated. What most debates about NCLB miss is the fact that when standardized tests are used as the primary tool to measure students’ progress and provide indicators of school accountability, it diminishes the goal of education in a democratic society and damages teachers’ ability to teach and students to learn the knowledge and behaviors needed for 21st Century global economic competitiveness and thoughtful, active democratic citizenship. Continue Reading →
Posted by DEAN SKIP RUTHERFORD – We have two excellent public programs at the Clinton School this week. Dan Glickman of Washington D.C, the CEO of the Motion Picture Association, will speak Tuesday February 27 at 6 p.m. His appearance couldn’t be more timely given the Academy Awards only two days before. As Secretary of Agriculture, Dan served in the Clinton Cabinet with Vice President Al Gore. It will be interesting to hear what he says about “An Inconvenient Truth.” A reception will follow his remarks. Continue Reading →
Posted by PROFESSOR KEITH NITTA – This week the Clinton School hosted Justin Minkel, Arkansas’ Teacher of the Year. Minkel represents the best of his generation and is a model servant leader. Of course, he is an excellent teacher, but what makes him a real standout and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year is his commitment to all kids, not just the ones in his second grade class. Continue Reading →
Posted by DEAN SKIP RUTHERFORD – Rina Meutia of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, is a Clinton School student. Rina is a wonderful person who brightens up the room every time she enters it. Rina is also a Tsunami survivor. On the day of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Rina and her family fled the “wall of water” by running to the second floor of a mosque which was about three blocks away. The water rose to Rina’s chest before it started receding, but she and her family thankfully survived. However, approximately 30,000 people in her city did not. The tragedy was and remains enormous. Continue Reading →