As I watched him depart down King Drive toward 62nd Street, there was a sense of sadness. There was much to like about this man. He had asked me for a job and it is likely he has asked many others for a job. The fact that he was willing to humble himself and ask a perfect stranger for work speaks to the current desperation in his life and it also speaks to his innate knowledge that he knows he needs a job to survive in this country of ours. That’s the truth that these new education standards are in danger of betraying.