Opinion

Standardized Testing Detriment to Minority Children

Over the last year or so, the movement against high-stakes standardized testing has subsided, maybe due to educational activists focusing their attention on more pressing issues, such as funding, in the Trump era, or...

Reading Your Rights

The first federal civil-rights lawsuit in U.S. history to secure the right of access to literacy is currently being argued in Michigan (see News, p. 9). The district judge has ruled that, despite its...

Cartoons and Comic Strips Shape Our Language

Richard Lederer is inspired by his hometown festival dedicated to cartoon characters from comic strips and comic books San Diego Comic -Con is the largest gathering of comics and pop culture enthusiasts in the world....

Keeping the Internet Real

Amid all the talk of fake news, misinformation, and abuse of personal information, the ongoing battle to save net neutrality has been pushed to...

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...

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...

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...

The Disintegration of Our Schools

Daniel Ward argues that expansion of the school voucher system could undermine integration Growing up in a multicultural, multiracial, multiethnic, multilingual environment is the basis for the establishment of the integrated society that most of...

The Right to Multiple Identities

Editorial by Dan WardThe constitutional crisis in Spain’s autonomous region of Cataluña highlights the new reality of identification in our globalized world. Although many Catalans consider themselves to be both Catalan and Spanish, speak...

Despacito: The Development of Puerto Rico

For years before Hurricane Maria’s direct hit devastated much of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure in a matter of hours, the officially-bilingual U.S. territory’s economy had...