Education

Empathy and a moral education dictate opportunities for the future

What is lost sometimes to each of us, including myself, in the doldrums of academics and the fun of social activities is that we, as students, are beyond lucky and fortunate to attend The University of Alabama. Our attendance here and hopeful attainment of a degree already distinguishes us from a vast majority of Americans who do not possess higher education degrees. Nationwide, only 31 percent of people hold bachelor’s degrees, while in the state of Alabama around 25 percent hold 
college degrees.


Scientific facts and religion can be harmonious

In the Oct. 26 edition of The New York Times, opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof called for America to “fix the escalator” of our broken education system. Citing data from a recent Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development study, Kristof made the case that American education is going backward. No longer the “egalitarian” beacon for education around the world, America has lost its way.


Say it right: The words we choose to use can have a huge impact

In one of my Thursday classes last week, a pair of students representing their small group gave a short presentation on the connections between the LGBTQ community, homelessness, food insecurity and mental health. For a presentation that could only be three slides long and that nobody in the group had any previous experience with or knowledge of, it was a decent one.


Zulfacar discovers Life

Maliha Zulfacar was born in 1961 in poverty-stricken, war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan. Against all odds, Zulfacar went on to become the first Afghan woman to seek a college education in the United States and the first female ambassador from Afghanistan.