Esther Cepeda / Politics

An Ode to The Joy of Inspired Teaching

CHICAGO -- Writing in the Wall Street Journal, David Gelernter, professor of computer science at Yale and a former board member of the National Endowment for the Arts, made the following bold statement in response to a student's wondering about ...

Reading beyond the chili peppers

CHICAGO -- The Economist's recent special report on Hispanics has stoked Latino ire with a cover featuring the stars and stripes composed of denim, stars and red hot chili peppers.

The magazine is an unabashedly cheeky publication -- as likely to...

Skip the 'Hot Dogs & Croissants'

CHICAGO -- When I finally arrived home from my Saturday morning grocery odyssey, I found that, again, a heavy jar had been bagged with my tomatoes and apples, bruising them. Thus began an economics-of-good-eating discussion with my son.

"These ...

The Mirage of the Rainbow Coalition

CHICAGO -- Hispanic pundits are wondering whether the killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes by Pasco police in Washington state will truly be what The New York Times called Hispanics' "'Ferguson' moment" -- a national protest against police ...

Reading About China, Learning About Ourselves

CHICAGO -- Through a bit of serendipity I ended up reading Pearl S. Buck's "The Good Earth" and Evan Osnos' "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China" one right after the other.

What emerged is that throughout time and ...

Helping a Teenager Get Started

CHICAGO -- As I walk through the valley of teen unemployment with my 16-year-old son, I thought I'd offer readers an update on a young man I wrote about in a past column.

In October 2011, I reported being curled up in an armchair at my local ...