It’s hard to believe, the today was Bob Herbert’s last column for the New York Times.  It’s titled Losing Our Way and like so many many of Bob’s columns for the last 18 years it made the case for poor and working families.  It opens:

Welcome to America in the second decade of the 21st century. An army of long-term unemployed workers is spread across the land, the human fallout from the Great Recession and long years of misguided economic policies. Optimism is in short supply. The few jobs now being created too often pay a pittance, not nearly enough to pry open the doors to a middle-class standard of living.

Bob has attacked growing income inequality and championed equity-seeking initiatives.  I haven’t always agreed with Bob, but I’ve always appreciated his voice, passion, and insight.

He may be leaving the Times but we’ll hear more from Bob in a new advocacy role.

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Tom Vander Ark is author of Difference Making at the Heart of Learning, The Power of Place, Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities and Getting Smart. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.


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