Mikva Challenge

Posted Apr. 6, 2018

This Real-Life Black Panther Is Way More Badass Than Any Movie Character

Mary Scott-Boria, 67, has had a long and distinguished career in Chicago’s civic world: first executive director of the Chicago Sexual Assault Services Network, executive…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 6, 2016

Thank You, Abner Mikva, for Being the ‘Somebody’ Nobody Sent

I heard Abner Mikva’s story before I ever met Abner Mikva. I was a seventh-grader on the West Side of Chicago, desperately addicted to Windy…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted July 6, 2016

How Abner Mikva Taught Us That ‘Democracy Is a Verb’

Walking into the Mikva Challenge office this morning, I had a flashback to when I was 10 years old in 1976 and walked into Ab…

By Brian Brady

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Posted Nov. 20, 2015

We Can’t Shake the Test, But We Can Maximize Its Value

When it comes to standardized testing, President Obama’s new action plan is right on the money. We shouldn’t be spending as much time on testing as…

By Berto Aguayo

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Posted Nov. 3, 2015

For a Latino kid on the South Side, Where is the American Dream?

As a first-generation Mexican-American, I constantly saw the gap between the American dream my mother had for me and the reality that surrounded us in…

By Berto Aguayo

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Posted Oct. 5, 2015

If You Ask Me, All of Our Kids Are the Cream of the Crop

I woke up angry this morning. Lately, the organization that I help run, the Mikva Challenge, has been criticized by a number of well-meaning folks…

By Brian Brady

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Posted Sep. 16, 2019

I Hate to Inform You, but Not Everyone Is Above Average in Wobegon

Wherever you live, there is a high probability that Minnesota is low-key superior to your state.  We are the safest state in America, we have…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 19, 2019

Black and Brown Students Can Learn, But You Have to Want to Teach Them

We complain about what’s wrong with the public education system all the time. Admittedly, I’m probably on the long list of tough critics.  Some of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 17, 2019

Teachers, If You Want a Say in What Happens at Your School, You Have to Speak Out

Welcome to a new school year! Amidst the busyness of planning and preparing, remember to take a step back and reflect on how you want…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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