Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed
Aug30

Labor Day Assignment: Educating the Uninformed

It’s Labor Day weekend, the schools have been in session about a week, and the disgruntled voices of a minority drone on. Their screeching refrain, often in letters to the editor and talk show call-ins, is familiar: –Teachers only work half a year. –Teachers are overpaid. –Local school districts and their taxpayers shouldn’t have to hold the burden of teacher salaries. Often, those who complain the most are those who...

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Cartoon: Back to School
Aug23

Cartoon: Back to School

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Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)
Aug18

Thoughts of One Black Man… on Ferguson (Guest Voice)

This is a letter I received tonight from one of my relatives. I’m posting it in full here for our TMV readers. Thoughtful comments are welcome. Thank you. Dr. E. I’m not a jouralist. I’m a police officer. I’m a black man. These are just my current thoughts on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. My thinking may change as more and more facts come in. First of all, I must say as a black man and as a professional,...

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A lesson in a STEM study (Guest Voice)
Aug14

A lesson in a STEM study (Guest Voice)

A lesson in a STEM study by Esther J. Cepeda CHICAGO — Every once in a while, research quantifies the effects of certain education policies on students. Then, the results are often shelved in favor of the prevailing “common sense.” As in: If you want more scientists, mandate more science courses in school. Let’s hope this fate doesn’t happen with “Missing the Mark,” a report by the ACT college...

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Have America’s Universities Lost Their Way?
Aug12

Have America’s Universities Lost Their Way?

Once upon a time the United States had the best educational system in the world, American universities as its crowning achievement. During that period, universities understood that their primary mission was education, with research as a secondary objective. Today, however, many of America’s largest universities have changed their paramount goal, with athletic pre-eminence in football and basketball now the central driving force...

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School Vending Machine Bans Don’t Always Change Kids’ Diets
Aug11
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Are Religion and Democracy Compatible?
Aug06

Are Religion and Democracy Compatible?

Does religion interfere with democracy? It depends on the religion. The more modern and open religions, that do not demand strict conformity to the positions of their leaders, can coexist with democracy, causing no problems for the religion or interference with the democratic process. Conservative or orthodox religions and religious fundamentalists, that do not countenance free thinking, are antithetical to democracy as they are...

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Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?
Jul30

Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

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We are what we eat
Jul28

We are what we eat

  We are what we eat  By Esther J. Cepeda Washington Post Writers Group Columnist 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 year — when lunch standards mandated by the 2010 Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids...

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Eve of ‘The War That Didn’t End All Wars’
Jun29

Eve of ‘The War That Didn’t End All Wars’

Yesterday, June 28, marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, an event that would spark World War I. The Defense Department has put together an excellent collection of time lines, maps, photos and videos of World War I, including some amazing, historic footage that captures rare moments of the First World War’s Aisne-Marne operation — below. Read...

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Could a Four-Year Degree Be on the Fritz?
Jun18

Could a Four-Year Degree Be on the Fritz?

American higher education certainly has its problems. According to a recent article by The Atlantic, it is now impossible to work one’s way through college. Since the 1970s, the cost of a four-year degree has skyrocketed, consistently growing at a higher rate than wages and inflation. Without having ample support from one’s family or incurring massive debt it’s almost impossible to pay for college. Despite the high...

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A counter to scientific denialism: ASAP Science videos
Jun14

A counter to scientific denialism: ASAP Science videos

Science, technology, engineering and math, aka STEM, are key areas of knowledge for the 21st century. Heck, they were key in the 20th century, too! Remember JFK and the moon challenge as well as his tribute to science on the 100th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences? Recent scientific advances have not only made international cooperation desirable, but they have made it essential. The ocean, the atmosphere, outer space,...

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Cartoon: Student Loan Debt
Jun12

Cartoon: Student Loan Debt

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MAYA ANGELOU: GODMOTHER TO THE WORLD HAS PASSED
May28

MAYA ANGELOU: GODMOTHER TO THE WORLD HAS PASSED

Dr. Maya Angelou of the beautiful name and the radiant spirit has passed. I hope for all who love her, and who admired her many works in civil rights, in autobiographies, in speaking out boldly, that we can be today and always in happiness for her life on earth– for certain she is One of a Kind. Iconic woman, hard scrabble beginnings, raped as a child, mute from the post trauma of that assault, coming back to life, training in...

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2014 Commencement Addresses – A ‘Military Perspective’
May24

2014 Commencement Addresses – A ‘Military Perspective’

May is graduation month and, along with high school, college and university graduations, come the traditional, memorable or forgettable, interesting or boring, sometimes controversial, sometimes funny, often motivating, rarely short enough (for the anxious graduates), but always unavoidable — if you want to personally collect your diploma — commencement speeches. Many of the speakers try to, as Kenny Herzog says at Rolling...

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Stealth anti-Semitism in middle school (Guest Voice)
May18

Stealth anti-Semitism in middle school (Guest Voice)

Stealth anti-Semitism in middle school by By Richard L. Cravatts, PhD BOSTON — By last week, the Rialto Unified School District school board outside of Los Angeles was in full damage control, fending off universal opprobrium over a third-quarter English Language Arts argumentative writing/research project given to 2,000 eighth-graders. The breathtakingly ill-conceived assignment asked students to “read and discuss multiple, credible...

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Are Charter Schools in New Orleans the 2014 Version of Plantation Education? (Recommended Read)
May17

Are Charter Schools in New Orleans the 2014 Version of Plantation Education? (Recommended Read)

“Are Charter Schools in New Orleans the 2014 Version of Plantation Education?” That’s the headline of a recommended read by Buzzflash’s Mark Karlin. It’s particularly important because some of what students absorb from education is not material taught in the classroom. Here’s a little of his must-read post: In an Op-Ed published in Time this week, 16-year-old Kenyatta Collins argues that the...

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The Real Problem With Manufacturing
May15

The Real Problem With Manufacturing

I spent my most working career in manufacturing.  Initially it was as a production operator but most of it as a manufacturing engineer.  I found both rewarding.  As the economy improves manufacturing is returning to the United States but there is a problem – the people who have customarily filled the manufacturing jobs are aging and retiring and the young people are not interested in manufacturing jobs. A couple weeks ago,...

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Escape from video games to world of human interaction (Guest Voice)
May15

Escape from video games to world of human interaction (Guest Voice)

Escape from video games to world of human interaction By Jonas Jacobs LA JOLLA, California — As I grew up, I discovered I loved the theater. I thought that theater was important to people of all ages. But for me, theater was more than entertainment; it became my dedicated hobby. I believe many children today don’t have a hobby and instead play video games alone because they are afraid to, or for other reasons, unable to pursue their...

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Censorship 1, Condoleezza Rice 0
May07

Censorship 1, Condoleezza Rice 0

Censorship 1, Condoleezza Rice 0 By Dick Polman Condoleezza Rice has surrendered to the censors. She announced this weekend that she won’t keynote the Rutgers University commencement after all. She said that graduation day “should be a time for joyous celebration…and I am simply unwilling to detract from it in any way.” She strongly believes “in free speech and the exchange of ideas,” but insisted,...

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