Daniel Taub: Israeli diplomat and peace negotiator

Daniel Taub, the immediate former Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom, has given his views about the diplomatic missions he was in the United Kingdom. Daniel Taub served for four years that ended in 2015 after which he went back to Israel.

As of today, he is a strategist for a foundation based in the Jerusalem called Yaniv Hadiv. Daniel Taub reflected on the performance of his term and was proud of what he had managed to achieve. Learn more about Daniel Taub: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/daniel-taub#/entity and https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/13/israel-peace-pressure-israeli

In just the four years he was in London, he managed to influence trade and business deals between the two countries. For the first time in the history of the partnership of the UK and Israel, trade doubled and the number of Jewish owned businesses reached an all-time high of 3000.

Daniel Taub was excited by the achievements which according to him would help Israel develop economically. Although everything seemed to be right with the partnership, there is one thing that affected the relationship.

While he was still in office, Daniel Taub had to deal with numerous issues of boycotts and bans which various organizations in the UK were coming up with against the Jewish country.

There was a declaration by the MP of Bradford that his area was Israeli free. No Jew would be allowed to visit the area and no goods from Israel would be allowed into the area. The declaration was meant to pressure Israel to promote peace in the region something that the Jewish community refused.

Any attempts to apply pressure on Israel as a way of pushing the country to embrace peace was never going to change anything. According to Daniel Taub, the only thing that could have worked is using conciliatory means that would bring all the warring parties in the region to the table and help them reach an agreement.

Daniel Taub protests such bans, and in the case of Bradford, he visited the area while the ban was still in effect to talk with the people of this area. Not everyone was supporting this move. In fact, a majority of the people living in the area declared that the ban by the MP was a personal decision that they would never follow.

Daniel Taub described MP from Bradford George Galloway as an anti-Israeli activist who was using his position in power to force declarations that would strain the relationship between the United Kingdom and Israel which Daniel Taub has spent many years cultivating.

Rocketship Education Propelling Children Upward

Anyone with school-age children knows the trials and tribulations that come with enrolling them in public schools. Inadequate funding, underperformance, underpaid and overworked teaching staff, and overcrowding all contribute to placing undue pressure on children to succeed, and when it takes place at the elementary level it puts kids on track to keep underachieving, not only in high school but throughout the rest of their lives.

Having an early academic advantage can have a monumental effect on a child’s development, and Rocketship strives to provide that opportunity to every child growing up in a low-income community. Rocketship is a nationally run non-profit public elementary charter school system with six locations throughout the United States. Their goal, as set out by their co-founder and CEO Preston Smith is to eliminate the economics-based achievement gap by providing a dynamic educational model designed specifically to propel students from traditionally underachieving areas.

Rocketship operates on a three-pillared system to provide the best educational model possible for students. They focus on personalized learning where instruction, content, and the general learning experience are tailored to each student’s specific learning style, developing highly trained staff that can meet the highest standards possible in the classroom and beyond, and work with parents to help them become advocates for their children in an oftentimes difficult educational system.

The educational model at Rocketship is a teacher-led classroom supplemented with technological support to enrich students’ learning experience rather it is as a whole group or individually. In addition to the traditional classroom setting, students also pursue group activities, independent studies, and online coursework to give them an all-encompassing educational experience. In addition to scholastic work, students are also imbued with a core set of principles including empathy, respect, responsibility, and persistence. At Rocketship it is only scholastic achievement that propels students ahead of traditional public school settings, but also focusing on these core principles, as well as offering enrichment classes in areas such as gardening, art, music, nutrition, and others.

With tremendous success being reported every year from each location, Rocketship is quickly showing itself to be a preferred opportunity for children who would otherwise have to suffer in substandard schools getting a substandard education.

Micheal Lacey the Influential Mathematician

Michael Lacey was born September 26, 1959. Lacey received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He was under the mentorship Walter Philipp. Most of his work has touched on the areas of probability, harmonic analysis, and ergodic theory. He also solved a problem associated with the law of iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions.

Lacey first ever postdoctoral position was at Louisiana State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. When he was attending UNC, Walter Philip and Lacey gave their proof of the nearly sure central limit theorem. Read more: Michael Lacey | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey |Math Alliance

He has mentored many undergraduates who went on to graduate schools. Due to his assistance, his students have had academic and industry jobs. He mentored more than 10 postdocs.

Also, he was the director of training grants for programs such as VIGRE (Vertical Integration of Research and Education in the Mathematical Sciences) and MCTP (Mentoring through Critical Transition Points) awards from the National Science Foundation. This not only supported dozens of undergraduates, but it also supported graduate students and postdocs as well.

Years later, he received a position at Indiana University from 1989 to 1996. He was awarded with a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. During his fellowship he initiated a study of the bilinear Hilbert transform.

This transform was the subject of conjecture by Alberto Calderón. Lacey and Christoph Thiele solved this transform in 1996. They were presented with the Salem Prize.

Since 1996, he worked as a Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Institute of Technology. He then received a Guggenheim Fellowship for working with the famous Xiao Chün Li in 2004. In 2012 he became an official member of the American Mathematical Society.

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Rocketship Education Has Learned Some Lessons Of Their Own

Rocketship Education opened the doors of their first public school ten years ago. Even though they are the educators, they have learned some lessons along the way. These lessons allowed them to grow and better serve the students and the communities that they call home.


The first lesson was that learning begins at home. Parents who are informed and equipped with how to help their children learn will result in their children doing better in school. This is why educators visit their students’ homes to create a relationship between school and home.

Supply and demand

Rocketship has been approached many times to expand their program. However, right now, they see the need to stay at the elementary school level. There needs to be more of a demand that the education at this level is the best it can be. Rocketship empowers parents to use their voice to hold politicians, educators, and their communities accountable and do what is right for the children.

Segregation vs integration

Integration is important in our neighborhoods today. The government should not be sending kids out of their neighborhoods to attend school. Kids should attend their neighborhood schools regardless of their race. Rocketship welcomes all children into their schools.

Learning is for everyone

Students are not the only ones that are learning. Rocketship has done a fair share of learning themselves including tweaking their education modal and the criteria for hiring teachers. For them, it is important to find the right formula that benefits everyone including the students, the teachers, and the communities that embrace them.

Now Rocketship Public Schools

When Rocketship opened its first school in San Jose California, all they saw was the need for public schools in an area that was having a tough time. Parents were given the task to help hire teachers and were taught to be advocates for their children. It has not always been a smooth ride, however, the children are thriving. Public education does work and Rocketship’s new name celebrates that fact.