Esther Cepeda / Politics

The Commencement-Speech Racket

CHICAGO -- Enough commencement-speech madness. Enough controversy over who is allowed to speak. Enough with speakers who are simply promoting themselves.

Imagine what it must be like for those who clawed their way into college using grants or ...

Young at Heart

CHICAGO -- Childhood is wasted on the young. We all know this, but too few of us have taken the time to go back to the longings we felt deprived of in our youth.

Not me. I'm actually on a roll -- a decade-long one.

Back in 2004, I was frustrated...

Work To Do 60 Years After Brown

CHICAGO -- As we near the 60th anniversary on Saturday of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision, it is pretty clear that many of America's schools remain both separate and unequal -- and not always in the ways we've come to expect.

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Dogs and the Warrior Cops

CHICAGO -- If Radley Balko is right, it may be the dog lovers of America who touched off a movement to rein in the strong-arm tactics that have accompanied the militarization of the country's police forces.

Balko, who writes The Washington Post'...

The Many Challenges of Teaching

CHICAGO -- Students in public schools across the country are increasingly racially and ethnically diverse, yet their teachers are not, according to the Center for American Progress.

The liberal think tank estimates that students of color make up ...