Esther Cepeda / Politics

The Rainbow That Isn't

CHICAGO -- I recently had to reiterate to my husband that minorities are far more scared of the police than non-minorities, even when we haven't done anything wrong.

I suspect my mindset stems from being a Chicagoan -- our racial tensions are ...

Lost in Videoland

CHICAGO -- Last week, my eighth-grader engaged in World War I-style trench warfare. It involved students in his classroom arrayed in ranks and a great many wadded paper balls. My school-hating son called it his best class ever.

In his mind...

The Impact of Trade and Immigration

CHICAGO -- There has always been a philosophical divide about how best to educate the public on the causes and potential solutions to mass migration to the United States: through the heartstrings or through the wallet.

Lately, the plight of ...

The Many States of Teacher Pay

CHICAGO -- How much money you can make from teaching is a little like real estate -- location, location, location.

In cities such as Baton Rouge, La., Fresno, Calif., and Northside, Texas, it can take anywhere from 24 to more than 30 years to ...

Nothing to Toy With

CHICAGO -- With the exception of a few Lego sets, the kids in my immediate family are past the age of wanting toys for Christmas. Am I grateful.

Toys, and especially dolls, have stirred discontent lately. They seem to have taken on the gender ...

The Wonders of a Good Read

CHICAGO -- A great story can transport you to places you've never been and leave you feeling as though you had lived, breathed and enjoyed their delights.

The novelist Ann Patchett -- who this year took me into the magic clubs of Los Angeles, a ...