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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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,...

Read More
Cartoon: Student Loan Debt
Jun12

Cartoon: Student Loan Debt

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit http://politicalcartoons.com

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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,...

Read More
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...

Read More
The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges (part 3 of 3)
May12

The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges (part 3 of 3)

(part 3 of 3) [Part 1: Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pa., accepted a $2.5 million endowment from Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to strengthen that college’s programs and ties to the oil and gas industry. Part 2: Problems with academic integrity in other Pennsylvania colleges.] Among the mission statements of the University of North Dakota Department of Geology and Geological Engineering is that it “strives to develop...

Read More
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,...

Read More
Sports vs. Education
May07

Sports vs. Education

In the American educational system, the tail wags the dog rather than the reverse. At both the high school and college level, it is more important for many institutions to have winning teams in the major sports, particularly football and basketball, than academic achievement. This is certainly true at colleges, but is also valid at many high schools. To assess the importance of sports versus academics in most schools, one only has to...

Read More
Cartoon: Benghazi Cover-up Rat
May05

Cartoon: Benghazi Cover-up Rat

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit http://politicalcartoons.com

Read More
The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges
May02

The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges

(part 2 of 3) [Part 1: Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pa., accepted a $2.5 million endowment from Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. to strengthen that college’s programs and ties to the oil and gas industry.] by Walter Brasch Two of the reasons Pennsylvania has no severance tax and one of the lowest taxes upon shale gas drilling are because of an overtly corporate-friendly legislature and a research report from Penn...

Read More
Penn State Steps In It Again.  And Again.
May02

Penn State Steps In It Again. And Again.

One of the more consequential if under-reported aspects of the O.J. Simpson double murders and criminal trial was that, his proclaimed innocence notwithstanding (and the glove didn’t fit because the defense team had shrunk it), bad things kept happening to the people who stood by him, something that I wrote about as one of the zillions of journalists covering this neutron bomb of a story but few other scribes noticed. Now the...

Read More
The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges
Apr27

The Fracking Prostitutes of American Colleges

(part 1 of 2) by Walter Brasch Lackawanna College, a two-year college in Scranton, Pa., has become a prostitute. The administration doesn’t think of themselves or their college as a prostitute. They believe they are doing a public service. Of course, streetwalkers and call-girls also believe they are doing a public service. Lackawanna College’s price is $2.5 million. That’s how much Cabot Oil & Gas paid to the School of Petroleum...

Read More
Supreme Court Allows Affirmative-Action Ban in Higher Education
Apr25

Supreme Court Allows Affirmative-Action Ban in Higher Education

Do you think race alone should be part of what determines whether you get into college? If you don’t, the Supreme Court agrees with you. Earlier this week, it upheld the 2006 Michigan decision which stated race could not be required as a determining factor in college admissions. In the Michigan higher-education system, this signifies the end of controversial affirmative-action policies, which give preference to applicants who...

Read More
Standardized Jobs (Cartoon)
Apr08

Standardized Jobs (Cartoon)

Copyright 2014 David Donar. All rights reserved. Copyright Donar, Political Graffiti

Read More
Page 1 of 4512345...101520...Last »