Opinion

Investing in Teachers

Despite multiple studies pointing to teacher professional development as being the most decisive factor in student achievement, funding for such programs can still be hard to find, and there are plenty of different opinions...

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...

Opinion–Can We Make Chinese Less Graphic?

While many schools are dropping foreign language classes, the number of schools offering Mandarin Chinese courses is rising. In 2001, about 300 schools...

Heritage Values

Last month, the United Nations and people around the globe celebrated International Mother Language Day by focusing on the movements to restore the status of indigenous and heritage languages and other mother tongues, and...

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...

Teachers Don’t Add Up

Instead of further denigrating the education profession by suggesting that teachers double up as armed bodyguards in the wake of the latest school shooting, we need to be taking radical steps to improve their...

Sharing Study Abroad

The recent college admissions scandal has focused much of the nation on the competition for places at top U.S. universities, and the extreme measures that seemingly rational people will take to secure an advantage...

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...

This Dictionary Illuminates the Meaning of Everything

Richard Lederer celebrates “the most impressive collective achievement of our civilization” This year marks the 90th anniversary of the greatest monument ever erected to the English language. In 1857, the idea of a comprehensive “dictionary...

The Creativity of Human Language

Richard Lederer marvels at our capacity to invent language For most of us, language is like the air we breathe. Like air, language is invisible and all around us. We need it to live, yet...
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