Esther Cepeda / Politics

Marketing's Mixed Messages

CHICAGO -- Like beauty itself, the degradation of women is in the eye of the beholder. What's clearly demeaning in one person's view is but an updated version of Helen Reddy's feminist anthem, "I Am Woman," in another's.

Take Olivia Wilde's ...

Mindsets Worth Changing

CHICAGO -- School starts next week and my two sons are inconsolable about having to return to their hated "prisons."

Based on the teachings of professor and researcher Carol Dweck, author of "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success," they surely ...

Living in Patronizing Times

CHICAGO -- Whenever immigration matters heat up, a stream of "what it means" articles about potential Hispanic voting behavior is sure to follow. I suspect this happens because news outlets know that anything relating to the Latino vote is sure-...

Giving Teachers Their Voice

CHICAGO -- Teachers feel powerless.

This is the fundamental problem with education reform in America: The people who are most important in a child's classroom feel they are effectively without a voice.

When new teachers are concerned about their...

We Are What We Eat

CHICAGO -- Remember last year's hysteria over school lunches? Administrators, cafeteria workers, students and parents across the country freaked out when -- gasp! -- school lunches were made healthier.

News reports throughout the 2012-13 school ...

Tough Calls on Border Kids

CHICAGO -- Those who want to deport the border kids immediately and those who want to extend them protections have dug into their positions -- as if either course of action would suffice.

Those in the "help" camp are resolute -- to the point that...