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Will the Class of 2012 Head for Main Street or Wall Street?

There is something fundamentally wrong with our education system when the draws of a huge salary and big bonuses consistently trump the aspirations and dreams that were front and center in our lives just four years earlier. Debts, a lack of job opportunities in other fields, your basic standard-issue panic — or maybe a simple absence of imagination can take hold and send us running into the arms of the recruiter with the flashy suit, a Hollywood smile and promise of a better life.

As Terkel reminds us: “Young people will continue to go work in the financial sector as long as its pay is disproportionately higher than alternative careers. It's basic human nature: Follow the money.”

But what would it look like if we didn’t follow the money? What if Wall Street paid no more than schools or hospitals?

What would our economy look like if these leading young minds chose not to work for big banks and consultants, but instead were the teachers that helped turn failing schools around, the innovators and engineers who were designing products that would create thousands of new jobs?

What needs to be done so that the finest members of the 2012 graduating class head to Main Street instead of Wall Street?

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Why How We Do Anything Means Everything

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How helps us understand that principled behavior isn't merely something a PR/Corporate Social Responsibility staff or attorneys tell us is important. Rather it is the surest path to success and relevance in business and in life.

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Financial Crash Amnesia in the House

As unemployment brought on by the recession still hovers around 9 percent, most ordinary folk in the U.S.
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Wall Street, Repent!

We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, "Repent, for the end is near!" But repentance is actually a fundamental religious theme, and
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Why the Tea Party Movement Should be Anti-War

What is the Tea Party position on war?
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Health Care: Swiss Solidarity and the Scandalous 5%

Whew. The health-care bill passed. It isn't the complete overhaul we need, but at least it's a start.
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The Notorious I.B.G.

The New York Times
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