Esther Cepeda / Politics

The Matter With Class

CHICAGO -- "In every walk of life, there are senseless rules, payoffs and shakedowns, quirks, unjust rituals," explains Jerene Johnston, the matriarch of the privileged Southern family so deliciously skewered in Wilton Barnhardt's irresistible ...

A Lesson in a STEM Study

CHICAGO -- Every once in a while, research quantifies the effects of certain education policies on students. Then, the results are often shelved in favor of the prevailing "common sense." As in: If you want more scientists, mandate more science ...

Marketing's Mixed Messages

CHICAGO -- Like beauty itself, the degradation of women is in the eye of the beholder. What's clearly demeaning in one person's view is but an updated version of Helen Reddy's feminist anthem, "I Am Woman," in another's.

Take Olivia Wilde's ...

Mindsets Worth Changing

CHICAGO -- School starts next week and my two sons are inconsolable about having to return to their hated "prisons."

Based on the teachings of professor and researcher Carol Dweck, author of "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," they surely ...

Living in Patronizing Times

CHICAGO -- Whenever immigration matters heat up, a stream of "what it means" articles about potential Hispanic voting behavior is sure to follow. I suspect this happens because news outlets know that anything relating to the Latino vote is sure-...

Giving Teachers Their Voice

CHICAGO -- Teachers feel powerless.

This is the fundamental problem with education reform in America: The people who are most important in a child's classroom feel they are effectively without a voice.

When new teachers are concerned about their...