While phones can easily transport us out of the present moment, they can also place us right smack dab in the middle of it when used successfully and sparingly. Here are a few ways to make the most of the moments that you do spend on your phone throughout the day.
Donald Trump’s presidential victory sent a shock wave through the socially liberal but generally politically detached tech industry, catalyzing something of an awakening in Silicon Valley. Some tech workers who had long toed their companies’ apolitical lines saw Trump’s win as a turning point; the moment when they should become more vocal about their views.
Philadelphia’s Black Lives Matter (BLM) week, while not mandatory nor sponsored by the school system, has become a point of controversy among local teachers and has renewed debate nationwide on how best to discuss race in the classroom, as the United States continues to grapple with questions of racial inequality. Educators and activists who support bringing BLM into lesson plans and classroom discussions say it provides students with an opportunity to learn about, and engage with, relevant social issues in a more thoughtful and informed way. But others argue that celebrating the movement in schools only teaches students one side of the story.
“From the outset, slavery was intertwined with the life of the college,” the preliminary report by Columbia professor Eric Foner states. “Of the ten men who served as presidents of King’s and Columbia between 1754 and the end of the Civil War, at least half owned slaves at one point in their lives. So did the first four treasurers.”
Trump’s economic plan does nothing to stray from the corporate-friendly neoliberal agenda of the past three decades. In many cases, it doubles down on it. These strategies have never benefited the working-class majority, and they will continue to represent an abysmal failure for those of us who depend on wages and salaries to live — a reality that Trump and his cabinet have never faced.