Esther Cepeda / Politics

Benefits of Closing the Word Gap

CHICAGO -- It has been almost 20 years since researchers found that during their early development, children from low-income households hear an average of 30 million fewer words than those from higher socioeconomic status homes.

And over the last...

Exposing Our Darkest Thoughts

CHICAGO -- Raise your hand if you've heard the phrase "heart of darkness" about a hundred times lately.

It has been used to reference the African continent, the Ebola outbreak, the newly discovered origination point of the HIV virus, as well as ...

Surprised by a New Comedy

CHICAGO -- "Cristela," "Cristela," "Cristela" -- in my email, snail mail, my social media streams and practically in my fevered dreams. The new TV show, based on the comedy of Cristela Alonzo, seems to have stalked me into watching it even though ...

Liberated by Halloween

CHICAGO -- Death is all around me. The bleached bones of a desiccated human skeleton are scattered across my neighbor's front yard. Rotting skulls, eviscerated rib cages and decomposing corpses twist in the wind during my neighborhood strolls.

It...

The Reason for Dress Codes

CHICAGO -- Rarely does a day go by that I'm not grateful I no longer have to deal with the pain of enforcing dress codes in public schools.

I remember wishing to be delivered from this torture multiple times a day when I was a high school teacher...

Hispanic Independence Movement?

CHICAGO -- Hispanics contemplating the upcoming elections must be wondering: "What now?"

President Obama has shown Hispanics that he takes us for granted. The midterm elections won't feature a "Latino vote" storyline in the most contested high-...