Boomers Once Led the World in Education. What Happened?

Posted on 06/19/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayIn the 1960s and 1970s, the United States had the best-educated young people in the world, or pretty close to it. But a disturbing new report from the Council on Foreign Relations says that the generations who’ve followed the boomers haven’t been able to maintain that global edge — and that, as a result, America’s ability to compete economically is suffering as well. Related: Are We Teaching Our Next Generation the Right Stuff? The council, a nonpartisan think tank whose …

Life@50+ Is a Sure Winner

Posted on 06/3/2013 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsI’ve never been a gambler, but I just returned from Las Vegas where a $25 bet netted people a big-time jackpot. No, I didn’t temporarily lose my miserly mind in the heat of the Nevada desert and roll the dice in some swanky Vegas casino. I’m way too cheap to tell people to throw away good money like that. I’m talking about a mere $25 for the cost of admission to the three-day AARP Life @50+ National Event held at …

One Small Voice of Change

Posted on 10/17/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Uncategorized  Felice Shapiro is a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher as well as the founder of Better After 50, a weekly online magazine. In addition to being a teacher and avid runner, hiker, and yogi, she is an AARP contributor. So bright-eyed and passionate, Malala. Her small voice may hopefully become the ammunition that helps defeat the Taliban’s ban on a girl’s right to be educated. Is she too small, too alone and too wounded to effect change?  Apparently not! On October 9, …

The Takeaway: Ivy League Janitor Graduates

Posted on 05/18/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayGac Filipaj, 52, has worked as a janitor at Columbia University for X years. During this time, Filipaj—a refugee from war-torn Yugoslavia—took advantage of the free classes offered to employees to first learn English and then earn a bachelor’s degree in classics.

Sorry Avengers, but Mom Is my Real Super Hero

Posted on 05/11/2012 by |Washington D.C. | Comments

Your LifeSpring 2012 started with a fever for big blockbuster movies full of superheroes saving the world from alien invaders. However, as fascinating these characters can be, the title ‘hero’ for me can only bring one person to mind: my mother. Sorry guys, but The Hulk, Iron Man, Capitan America and their gang have nothing on a woman who migrated from Cuba, learned English as her second language, was the first in our family to graduate from college and became an …

Higher Ed and a Girl’s Chance for Romance

Posted on 04/20/2012 by |Sex & Relationships | Comments

Home & FamilyWhen I was a sweet young thing (well, maybe not so sweet) my parents encouraged me to go to college so that I could always have a “fall-back position.” They saw it as insurance for survival but they were worried: Would a man want me if I had so much education? They had reason to worry.