Opinion

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Stop Overlooking English Learners

Deborah J. Short outlines a plan to invest and engage in English Learner education In the past six months, we have heard the cry “DEFUND” in varied contexts, often as a call for social justice,...
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Connecting the Dots

Whatever the outcome of this month’s U.S. election and however bad the second wave of COVID-19 hits this winter, our world will continue to become more interconnected and more interdependent. Despite the closing of...

Educated Choices

Although education has hardly been a major issue during this campaign, apart from the school reopening question, next month’s elections will have a profound effect on public education in the U.S. and the traditionally...

End the System of School Segregation

One of the most disturbing realities of the U.S. education system is that schools remain largely segregated by race, ethnicity, and language more than 60 years after the Supreme Court declared “separate but equal”...

A Letter of Apology and Hope from America to its People

To the people who gave me life,I have failed and hurt you. I have turned my back on my people when you needed me the most. And, in truth, I’ve tried to erase the...

Multiplying Divisions

Daniel Ward argues that the digital divide is not just a connectivity problem The sudden closure of schools across the U.S. is resulting in very different experiences for students depending on their ages, languages, zip...

Keep Calm and Communicate

Daniel Ward shares his opinion on how better communications could mitigate the effects of future pandemics Staunching the spread of the coronavirus is the defining challenge of a generation but may only be a dry...

No Replacing the Personal Touch

Now that we’re about 25 years into the communication revolution and artificial intelligence has become the focus of the technology sector, predictions abound that faultless automated translation and interpretation systems will soon obviate the...
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Flashing Red Over Reading

Results from the 2019 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) showed that reading scores for fourth- and eighth-graders in the U.S. have dropped since 2017, after several years of minimal upward progress, prompting cries...

The Value of Reliable Transmission

“Radio Free Asia broadcasts, like an educator, have brightened our hearts… They have opened our eyes. China always wants to keep the Uyghurs ignorant of the world. But now we understand democracy, human...
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