Friday, January 2, 2009

Claiborne Pell and Happiness

Give someone a fish, and he or she will eat for a day....teach them to fish and they eat for a lifetime. One of the greatest leadership ideas to come out of Washington was the notion that getting students through college and graduate school creates leverage. Obviously you hope to create a tax payer at a higher level, but i'm also thinking here of Gross National Happiness
- the leverage associated with creating a society of happier, more engaged people.

Former U.S. Senator from Rhode Island Claiborne Pell passed away yesterday. Under his leadership, thousands of students were able to access higher education through the Pell Grant. In fact it's because of grant and student loan programs that I'm able to do what truly makes me happy now. if only they'd taught html classes when I was in school.....

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