Esther Cepeda / Politics

The Limits to Immigration Reform

CHICAGO -- For a large segment of Hispanics, the dust-settling period following the midterm elections will consist of one big question: "Well, President Obama, what are you going to do about immigration?"

A very big segment of the country's ...

Is Technology Making Us Ignorant?

CHICAGO -- A decade ago, when I was a graduate student in teacher training, a frightening thing came from an accomplished and generally excellent professor.

She said that in "the future," teachers would no longer have to toil with the difficult ...

Elizabeth Pena: Trailblazer on the big screen

CHICAGO -- It's no overstatement to say that we lost a trailblazer when Elizabeth Pena died earlier this month. To note that she was wonderful, but not exceptionally famous, isn't a knock on her abilities. It is a testament to her undervalued ...

Dividing By Class

CHICAGO -- Class, not race, may be the defining discrimination issue of my children's lifetime.

If Charles A. Murray's thesis in "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010" -- that people of similar socioeconomic backgrounds cluster ...

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 ...