Over the years of writing this blog, I have spent many a word “defending” the for-profit sector, singing its praises for what the nonprofit sector needs to learn from it, while also pointing out what the for-profit sector should learn from us. But no more. I have increasingly realized that the for-profit sector does not “do it” as well as they would have us believe; and I absolutely am beyond exasperation with the arrogance—and the simplicity of thought too often wrapped in that arrogance.
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On my drive into work one morning this week (all of 25 minutes), I heard three stories about cutbacks as the result of struggling economies. Some are done deals, others still in the proposal stages. There was the elimination of school bus service in a school district in Colorado (done), slashing the number of prisons in New York State (proposed) and the withdrawal of support staff in the courts of Florida (proposed). I particularly liked one person’s comment in the Florida story: would you send Read more
I have had a song swirling in my head for a couple of days now. It is a song from “Bye Bye Birdie” which the parents, and one younger brother, sing when they believe their teenagers are off doing the kinds of nefarious things teenagers might have done in the days (1958) of “Bye, Bye Birdie.” It is titled “Kids!” and the lines in my head are (and be glad you can’t hear me singing): “Why can’t they be like we were, perfect in every way? What’s the matter with kids Read more