Esther Cepeda / Politics

For July, Let Kids Be Kids

CHICAGO -- We're deep into my family's unprecedented ``Summer of Lethargy.''

SOL (for those of you who like acronyms) is progressing as anyone might expect. At present count, my youngest son has been in pajamas for a good 42 hours and counting. ...

How Polarized? Not That Much

CHICAGO -- America is growing more polarized -- or so we've read in what seems like a zillion headlines in the weeks since the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released "Political Polarization in the American Public."

This is the ...

The Need to Keep Minority Teachers

CHICAGO -- Few issues in education are more important than the retention of high-quality teachers. And that goes double for high-performing minority teachers. There are more of them among the teacher corps these days, but they are still hard to ...

The Reparations Difference

CHICAGO -- In his 2004 book "The Presumed Alliance: The Unspoken Conflict Between Latinos and Blacks and What It Means for America," author Nicolas C. Vaca shatters the myth of a Rainbow Coalition among minorities.

Paraphrasing Latino activist ...

A Book For the Ages

CHICAGO -- When the celebrated Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez died two months ago at the age of 87, I barely had a clue who he was.

In over two decades' worth of formal education and countless other years of devouring literature for the ...

Watching Our Language

CHICAGO -- How well should residents of the United States speak English?

That's a tough question, one to which few social scientists have paid much attention. Probably because it's widely understood that speaking fluently enough to communicate ...