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Esther Cepeda / Politics

Continuing Education -- On The Job

CHICAGO -- It's the time of the year when you can't throw a rock without hitting a parent or a teenager bragging about college acceptance letters.

You're far less likely to hear about the plans of students who really have no desire to go to ...

Taking It Out On The Messengers

CHICAGO -- Even before Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld's "The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America" was published, the book was being denounced as sociologically lightweight and packed full ...

Where Dehumanization Leads Us

CHICAGO -- "What could a 3-year-old possibly do to warrant being suspended from preschool?"

The question was raised by someone who had read a news story about a Department of Education report noting that black children make up 18 percent of ...

Making History Come Alive

CHICAGO -- Throughout my formal academic career, history classes bored me. The timelines, the outdated maps, the tiresome chronology that seemed always to begin with ancient earthen pottery and end with the Beatles making crowds of teenage women ...

Conversations worth having

CHICAGO -- Talking to your kids can be hard. Really hard. Even children who never stop rattling off every imaginable detail about their favorite cartoon become completely unresponsive when asked "How was your day?" "What did you learn at school?" ...

Add a Bus Stop to Your Diet

CHICAGO -- Maybe that old notion about running for the bus isn't such a bad idea after all.

Short walks or jogs to bus stops and train stations may seem like small potatoes in the fight against obesity, but they can add up and make a difference. ...