Column

How to Succeed in Business

Helping prepare youth for the job market

Javier Suárez

“This one girl was sitting there in a Nike pullover coat, and I was thinking that she should take that off before her interview, but she didn’t.”

Column

Notes from the White Rhino

What Arne Duncan misunderstands about his new Chicago role

Javier Suárez

How wonderfully privileged that Arne Duncan can pick and choose his causes and decide what he’ll do, how he’ll do it, and who he’ll do it with—and who he won’t do it with. I listened to former Chicago Public Schools CEO and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s interview on Chicago Public Radio on March 17. A few days prior to the interview, Arne (I learned he likes first names when I worked at CPS’s central office) announced a new effort to tackle youth violence. He says he’ll focus on “disconnected youth—young men who are out of school or who don’t have a job.” He’ll do this with funding from the widow of Steve Jobs and the Emerson Collective. Steve Jobs’ widow called him “one of the extraordinary leaders of our country.”

Column | Food

A Taste of Africa

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Javier Suarez

And if the decorations don’t alert you to the fact that you’re in an African restaurant, your ears ringing at the sounds of French, Wolof, Yoruba, and other West African languages definitely will.

Column

The Agreement, the Arrangement, and the Betrayal

The dangerous false logic in political messaging about public pensions (and how to defeat it)

Javier Suárez

Powerful elected officials are playing a shrewd and cunning game designed to convince Chicago residents to break our contract with our teachers regarding the agreed-upon value of their work. This scheme sets a dangerous precedent that must be stopped and exposed for what it is—an attack on the economic security of working people across our city.

Column

“Do you know who’s hiring?”

South Side youth explore unemployment & other challenges through media

Javier Suárez

Regardless of their predicaments, the self-awareness and openness that came about during brainstorming sessions for video projects was a reminder that these students were all bright and gifted but somehow lost their way, or lost sight of their potential.