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If Johnny can't communicate, blame PowerPoint

My belief that the PowerPoint presentation is the worst thing that ever happened to modern education was verified a few months ago while I was observing a training session on the art of marketing complex technology. At one point, the teacher stopped his PowerPoint presentation to rant about …

July 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Opinion: Sober reflections on the alcoholification of our world

Opinion: Sober reflections on the alcoholification of our world

From my regular dining spots pushing pricey, fruity concoctions ending in "-tini" to the moment on my last grocery store trip when I found a margarita-mix display sitting next to the toilet paper, it seems evident that alcohol's popularity has reached a new, femininity-infused peak.

July 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Both parties must shut up and deal on immigration

Former President George W. Bush recently said, "The reason to pass immigration reform is not to bolster" a political party but "to fix a system that's broken. Good policy yields good politics."

July 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Goals in schools won't overcome generational poverty

Teachers in low-income school districts often get specialized training about the culture of poverty in order to better understand their students' lives and take those challenges into account in the classroom. As a high school teacher, I was trained in Ruby K. Payne's "A Framework for Underst…

July 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

'Star-Spangled Banner' needs no embellishment

This year, like no other before it, I feel a deep desire to get back to basics. It's been an especially difficult few weeks of tumult over race, same-sex marriage rights, immigration and other issues that highlight our differences rather than our similarities.

July 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

If obesity is a disease, medical help is lacking

Is obesity truly a disease that requires medical treatment and prevention, as the American Medical Association recently proclaimed? Or is it still more accurately a "condition" with too many variables and factors to shoehorn into a neat category?

June 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Sure, many dropouts succeed, but that's not a blueprint

If there's one thing public policy researchers fear, it's that they'll share a finding with the potential to oversimplify a complex, wide-ranging issue.

June 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Reading a book on paper offers a richer experience

According to his critics, Stephen King is not only callous to the desires of some of his fans but also clinging to the past in deciding to release his new book, "Joyland," in print only. But I'm with him on this one.

June 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Romney is wrong man to help GOP woo Latinos

Mitt Romney is back - and so is his foot. As reported in The Wall Street Journal, Romney is planning on re-emerging in ways that will "help shape national priorities," such as assisting the Republican Party as it tries to regain its footing with the nonwhite voters who ignored the GOP standa…

June 09, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Hispanics must demand respect from marketers

In matters of Latino unity, the prevailing stereotype is that Mexicans, South Americans and Puerto Ricans don't get along.

June 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Atlanta testing scandal shows need for reforms

In a recently released report by Georgia authorities, the ridiculous lengths to which some Atlanta public schools went to raise test scores were exposed in what's being called the nation's largest-ever cheating scandal.

July 21, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Diverse Latino voting groups begin to emerge

One of the most interesting things about studying a rapidly maturing community is watching its members shake off stereotypes and go their own way. Some Latino voters are doing just that.

July 19, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

How can anyone doubt that obesity is child abuse?

Finally, two experts had the courage to state the obvious: Parents who let their children become obese enough to suffer from serious medical complications are committing child abuse.

July 17, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Arizona visit shows a state filled with kind people

I have just returned from visiting the so-called craziest state in the union. I'm talking about the one with both an official state reptile and a state gun (the ridge-nosed rattlesnake and Colt single-action Army revolver, respectively).

July 14, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

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