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Parents, leave this distracting menace off your school-supply list

CHICAGO -- Every late May and early June, tired and harried teachers get some relief. But this year, summer can't come soon enough because teaching this spring was like wrangling slow-witted zombies. And for this we can thank the worst enemy to public education I've seen in a long time: the fidget spinner.

If you've not run into one of these ...Read more

The perils of assuming anything about the Latino vote

CHICAGO -- At the outset of their new book, "Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign," Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes note that adviser David Plouffe prioritized three goals for Clinton to win: "It was important to have the right culture and mission, to manage Bill Clinton, and to effectively target Latino voters."

We know how well ...Read more

Those in the 'resistance' should refrain from mocking Trump's supporters

CHICAGO -- Though it's generally a happy home, there is a stark cultural divide in my house: My husband, who was raised in a tiny, Southern rural town that was almost 100 percent white, loves "The Andy Griffith Show."

I, on the other hand, get a whole-body-cringe-with-teeth-grinding thing going when I hear the telltale intro to the show's ...Read more

Deporting all illegal immigrants would not make crime go away

CHICAGO -- In March, two illegal immigrant teens were accused of attacking and raping a 14-year-old girl in a Maryland high school bathroom stall. The girl had reported the boys to the police, claiming that they'd held her down as she cried and tried to break free, and repeatedly told them to stop and as they took turns assaulting her.

The ...Read more

Why should Obama have to be saintlier than his predecessors?

CHICAGO -- The best thing about President Barack Obama's historic presidency is that it's over. We can now look back on it -- and him -- in far fonder terms than it was experienced live.

Especially in comparison to his successor, you'd think Obama's approval ratings would stay sky-high until well after his likeness was carved into Mount ...Read more

How to laugh off the foolishness of Cinco de Mayo

CHICAGO -- Last year at this time, Donald Trump loomed over a taco bowl at Trump Tower and tweeted out the message: "Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!"

Bleccchhhhh. The ultimate combination of Hispandering and hypocrisy -- kind of like the fake holiday of "Cinco de Mayo" itself.

And here ...Read more

Let’s teach our children the benefits of navigating life screen-free

CHICAGO -- Education is cyclical, and nothing exemplifies the adage that “everything old is new again” better than the latest trend: screen-free reading.

Yes, for those of you over the age of 40, that means just reading.

On paper.

Without dings, chimes or bells notifying you that someone responded to your Facebook post or retweeted...Read more

The importance of minority teachers in our schools

CHICAGO -- Black teachers make a difference.

I know because I attended a prestigious college-preparatory public high school in the heart of Chicago where approximately half of the teachers were black. They included my AP Biology teacher and AP English teacher, several of my art teachers, one of my history teachers, a chemistry teacher -- and ...Read more

Illegal immigrants pay taxes, too

CHICAGO -- The reason immigrant appreciation efforts, like the “Day Without Immigrants” events this past February, fall flat is because few people really feel any pain.

Sure, some may have faced the minor inconvenience of not eating at their favorite restaurant, but it barely made a ripple on most non-immigrants’ day-to-day lives.

Even ...Read more

‘Sexual paranoia’ arrives on campus

CHICAGO -- If Laura Kipnis thought she was under fire in 2015 after writing an essay for The Chronicle of Higher Education criticizing an emergent “sexual paranoia” on college campuses, then her new book will surely catapult her into public-enemy No. 1 status in the eyes of legions of angry feminists.

Kipnis’ aforementioned essay earned ...Read more

I’m Glad I Didn’t ‘Redshirt’ My Child

CHICAGO -- There are a few precious moments in every parent’s life when you realize you didn’t inadvertently torpedo your kid’s chances at success and happiness. Last week, I had one.

My vindication came courtesy of a new paper to be published in the Summer 2017 issue of Education Next, a policy research journal. The paper focuses on all ...Read more

Guys, Are You Trapped in a ‘Man Box’?

CHICAGO -- A new study on young men’s attitudes about manhood has found that just as women feel bound by rigid gender stereotypes, men can also find themselves trapped in a “Man Box.”

This Man Box is a construct put together by researchers Brian Heilman, Gary Barker and Alexander Harrison as a shorthand term for speaking with men about ...Read more

Hispanics Need You to Go to Bat for Them

CHICAGO -- Last year, in the Harvard Business Review, Avivah Wittenberg-Cox wrote that in order to get more women and minorities into corporate America, diversity initiatives must harness the credibility, power and political capital of white men.

“Most of the work of diversity and inclusion approaches in companies to date has focused on ...Read more

Is the American Dream on a ‘Self-Defeating Quest’?

CHICAGO -- Most of economist Tyler Cowen’s new book, “The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream,” is a mega-depressing read.

Inequality is rising. Segregation by socioeconomic class, educational attainment and race is skyrocketing. The country is generally less dynamic and more risk-averse -- when people have ...Read more

A Reminder from Behind Bars of the Rewards of Persistence

CHICAGO -- It is said that about 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions are broken by the second week of February. I didn’t make it that far.

My 2017 vow was about my underwhelming progress in becoming a proficient piano player. “I’ll never be a concert pianist. But my New Year’s resolution is to amp up my practice to daily because I ...Read more

Our Nation’s Schools Should be ICE-Free Zones

CHICAGO -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers are all over America’s public schools.

Not physically, of course, but they are ever-present in the minds of millions of students who are either in the country without legal status or have parents who are.

It comes out in countless ways -- fidgetiness belying anxiety, depression ...Read more

Hispanics Show a Diversity of Opinion --Iincluding on Trump’s Border Wall

CHICAGO -- There was a moment in the now-defunct Fox animated sitcom “Bordertown” when the protagonist, a Mexican immigrant named Ernesto Gonzalez, rails against newcomers.

Ernesto, a successful landscape business owner, is bemoaning unlawful immigrants sidestepping a newly built border wall to move in and take his lawn-mowing jobs when all...Read more

Put Down Your Device and Try Talking with Someone

CHICAGO -- Voices from all walks of life are uniting to spread the word about the importance of getting back to more face-to-face conversations and fewer “likes” and tweets.

The rebellion against our addictions to the smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and activity trackers that avert our gazes from people’s faces, crosswalks or the ...Read more

Despite How the Census Bureau Now Treats It, ‘Hispanic/Latino’ is Not a Race

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Census Bureau has been experimenting with alternate versions of the race and ethnicity section of its National Content Test Research Study. The bureau hopes that by the next census in 2020, it can more accurately tally Hispanics and other newly prominent minority groups.

Basically, the bureau found in its recently released ...Read more

Our Education System Won’t Be Fixed by Dumping More Devices Into the Classroom

CHICAGO -- Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently issued a plea for greater student access to high-tech tools.

“The persistent lack of access to world-class educational resources and technology in far too many communities is at the heart of this issue,” Duncan wrote on the Brown Center Chalkboard, a blog of the Brookings ...Read more

 

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