Opinion

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...

Is the Internet Making Us Dumber? Lol, no.

Facebook posts and text messages are far from being bastions of grammar. People’s communication online has an informal quality that is often at odds with established linguistic rules, but Montreal-based linguist Gretchen McCulloch says that it’s not...

Noah Webster’s American Revolution

Noah Webster (1758–1843) was variously called Schoolmaster to the Nation, the Father of American Scholarship and Education, and the Forgotten Founding Father. He saw the untapped promise of the new republic. He was afire...

Teaching America What Counts

Whether or not the U.S. Census 2020 includes a citizenship question, it is likely that thousands and maybe even millions of people will not take part in the count due to concerns about how...
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