Politics, Moderate



The results are in: Babies are all too human

CHICAGO -- For a while there, it seemed like you couldn't get away from headlines wailing about "baby geniuses," the "Tao of babies, or that special "baby wisdom."


It always seemed to me that the people who go on and on about how great babies are have never had to get through the night with one. Sure, you adore them, but "enlightened...Read more

Hollywood still has a long way to go in casting Latinos

CHICAGO -- In the aftermath of a somewhat snoozy Academy Awards ceremony, here was my favorite headline: "This was the most Latino Oscars ever (but still not so much)."

It was a reference to the fact that plenty of Hispanic and Latin American people appeared onstage to present and receive awards, but there weren't any nominated for the top ...Read more

Counting calories won't cure childhood obesity

CHICAGO -- As with every other marker of affluence in America, the line between a healthy childhood and one marred by obesity is firmly drawn between whites and Asians on one side and blacks and Hispanics on the other.

And despite reports that obesity rates among children have started to level off or decrease, a new study arrives at a different...Read more

Florida students reclaim passion of Stoneman Douglas

CHICAGO -- It would, no doubt, repulse Marjory Stoneman Douglas to know that an unthinkable shooting at a high school bearing her moniker has sullied her good name.

But we can't let that horror recast such a remarkable woman's legacy -- she was far too accomplished to sacrifice her name to the worst possible bad news.

Marjory Stoneman was born...Read more

To make students eager to learn, show them it's worth the hard work

CHICAGO -- When asked what one thing he would change to improve the education system, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said it was students' intrinsic motivation about learning and their mindset toward it.

"The ideal is that the students [understand] that by engaging in something fairly abstract and disconnected, like writing an essay or figuring ...Read more

Arming teachers could backfire on students

CHICAGO -- An Ohio sheriff, a few fervent bloggers and, implicitly, even our nation's education secretary recently suggested that preventing the next school massacre might be as simple as permitting teachers to carry guns.

People took to social media to roar that many schools can't even afford pencils, let alone armaments.

First, as a teacher ...Read more

Heritage months spotlight forgotten heroes

CHICAGO -- Let's face it: If it weren't for celebratory months like Women's History (March), Asian-Pacific American Heritage (May) and Hispanic Heritage (September/October), America's school children would rarely hear about little-known people who changed the nature of life in the United States.

Today's textbooks are overburdened with covering ...Read more

Hispanic or Latinx? The key is to treat others with respect

CHICAGO -- The student newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin recently asked its readers to select a favorite term to describe people of Latin American descent.

"Which term are you supposed to use?" wrote Daily Texan reporter Maria Mendez. "Well, it depends."

It sure does.

There's "Hispanic," "person of color," "Latino/a," and the ...Read more

Don't cater to stale stereotypes with ladies-only snacks

CHICAGO -- There are many important issues weighing on the soul of our country right now. So many, in fact, that we need a mental break from them. So let's chew on some controversial snack news.

Recently, on economist Stephen J. Dubner's fantastic "Freakonomics" podcast, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi implied that the company would soon be introducing...Read more

Your children need your unplugged attention

CHICAGO -- As a teacher of young students with short attention spans, I recoil when I see babies and toddlers playing on their parents' phones or tablets. My instinct is to bat the gadget out of the child's hands as if it were a snapping wild animal.

Actually, phones and tablets should be dislodged from mom and dad's hands, too.

Brandon ...Read more

Make major purchases online to avoid discrimination

CHICAGO -- It's hard for people to be empathetic about racial and ethnic discrimination if they've simply never experienced it themselves.

The very fact that they've never been mistreated, disrespected or given less leeway because of the color of their skin or an accent makes it difficult to believe such slights actually happen.

Or maybe these...Read more

'Making learning fun' does a disservice to our kids

CHICAGO -- Is learning one of your lifelong aspirations? If so, here's a quick quiz that'll give you some insight on just how open to new knowledge you really are: On a scale of 1 to 10, how well do you understand the functioning of a toilet?

Are you more of a "10" -- an expert who may have even installed a toilet or two? Closer to a "5," ...Read more


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