Booker T

What to know: Booker T. Washington remains a model for the modern world. He believed that the “way to build up and improve a country is for each person to build up and improve himself.”

The TPPF take: TPPF’s Booker T. Washington Initiative was founded to honor Washington’s legacy and advance his ideas. Both are sorely needed now.

“In the San Diego public school district, where three-quarters of the students are non-white, critical race theory and its nom de guerre, anti-racism, are lowering the expectations for a generation of young learners,” says TPPF’s Richard Johnson. “Students there will no longer see their academic grades penalized for disrupting class, turning in work late or not turning it in at all. Those issues are reflected, instead, in students’ ‘citizenship grades.’ But the real world requires punctuality and efficiency.”

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In the Real World

What to know: Global demand for oil continues to rise, even as governments enact more and more policies that discourage the use of fossil fuels.

The TPPF take: Modern life would be impossible without inexpensive, reliable energy.

“Energy is the key to human flourishing,” says TPPF’s Syd Lucas. “Young people can find hope in our efforts to protect our environment, improve our air quality, and increase human flourishing through affordable and reliable energy. When countries get access to energy, families come out of poverty, girls go to school, and women across the world save countless hours in household chores and the collection of water.”

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Rise Above

What to know: Vanguard’s CEO has rejected “environmental, social and governance” (ESG) investing principles, even pulling his investment firm out of the Net Zero Managers group.

The TPPF take: Vanguard CEO Tim Buckley knows his fiduciary duty is to investors, not to woke activists.

“Boycotting financial institutions that place ESG principles on a pedestal over fiduciary duty is the only way to remove political actors from the marketplace,” says TPPF’s Jason Isaac. “ESG is a political tool to subvert the democratic process and force the political ideology of the globalist elites on the rest of us.”

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