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America's Best History Teacher Doesn't Work At A School

The Huffington Post | Benjamin Hart | Posted 11.17.2015 | Media

The subject, naturally, is Genghis Khan and the moral depravity that is often a characteristic of transformative world leaders. The voice begins. "W...

Does Your Kid's Media Diet Matter?

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.04.2015 | Media
Jim Steyer

It is no secret that we live in a media-saturated world -- what we don't know enough about, is how different types of media and media content shape our kids decisions, outlook on major life issues and more.

What The FAA Regulation Of Drones Can Teach Us About Gun Safety

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Robert L. Cavnar

Let's learn a lesson from the FAA's action on drones. We're way overdue for a little common sense to be injected into the conversation about gun violence, and long past time for actual responsible gun owners (I'm one) to start speaking out.

'Don't Be a Moron'

Michael Neill | Posted 10.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

I was having lunch with a friend who'd survived a heart attack a couple of years ago. When I asked him if he had any dietary restrictions, he shared t...

Lifting California's Kids Out of Poverty

Jim Steyer | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Jim Steyer

Two recent reports make it clear we are flat out failing when it comes to lifting children out of poverty. We've got to do better, here in California and across the country - and we can.

Anti-Aging? I'm Calling Bulls**t.

Jennifer Kramer | Posted 09.15.2015 | Fifty
Jennifer Kramer

Fighting the process of aging is a sad waste of time. I'd rather reassess and embrace the process while using common sense to help prevent PREMATURE aging. It's all about being healthy: body and mind.

Does God Really Hate LeBron James?

Michael Neill | Posted 07.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Neill

About a month ago, we were watching the NBA finals and enjoying the back and forth battle between Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors vs. LeBron...

Overwhelmed or Overloaded?

Michael Neill | Posted 07.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

But when your mind is relatively clear and quiet, your own common sense and wisdom will prove a reliable guide as to how much you can usefully take on at any given time. And the best news of all is that clarity and peace of mind is never more than one thought away...

The Deconstruction of Man

Joseph Grant | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Joseph Grant

As men, we need to be there for our children, be responsible, stoic and not be afraid to teach our children well, as the song goes. We need teach our sons to respect women and that the definition of being a man doesn't mean you can't be a gentleman.

Epiphany of a Republicrat

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Daniel P. Malito

A few days ago, as I was discussing politics with a friend, I realized something that shocked me. I have always considered myself a republican, and I have always espoused the conservative views that were part and parcel of such an ethos.

Chiraq: Where a Kid Can Be a Kid

Eileen O'Connor | Posted 05.22.2015 | Chicago
Eileen O'Connor

I realize not everyone has the luxury of living in one of the safest cities on earth. Even Spike Lee is making a movie lovingly entitled, Chiraq. I can actually hear the value of my house going up when I say that word. Chiraq. Cha-ching.

Kids Must Be Our Nation's Top Priority

Jim Steyer | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Jim Steyer

As we all know, kids don't sit in corporate boardrooms and don't have the votes or economic power to make their voices heard. Yet, their success in life is absolutely essential to our nation's future. And when we stand up for all kids, we stand up for the best interests of our own kids

The Importance Of Knowing Your Worth

Miki Turner | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices
Miki Turner

When I was younger the search for this mythical creature was tedious, comical, painful, bemusing, exhausting, frustrating, confusing and disconcerting. Now that I'm in my late 50s and look back on the guys I kicked to the curb as well as the ones I let get away, I feel mostly empowered. And this is why.

Immigrants and Minorities of America, Unite!

Fiona Citkin, Ph.D. | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.

Instead of sitting on different fences, immigrant and minority organizations need to coordinate/unite their efforts with one strategic goal in mind: converting people's perceptions and gaining merited recognition. One commonsense tactical goal may be advancing children's education.

Pi and Science, Sense and Cake

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.17.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

When the beverage industry, for instance, helpfully points out that no long-term, randomized trial has specifically implicated their sugary concoction in epidemic childhood obesity, we might consider that no such trial has ever implicated any given snowflake in an avalanche fatality, either. Perhaps avalanches are actually innocuous.

Common's Advice for Up-and-Coming Creative Talent at the Tanqueray Trunk Show

Gastronomista | Posted 04.15.2015 | Style

Photo Courtesy of Team Epiphany New York City is deep in the throes of Fashion Week - designers are hustling to put the finishing touches on their c...

Peggy Charren Always Put Kids First, Policymakers Should Follow

Jim Steyer | Posted 04.05.2015 | Education
Jim Steyer

With the passing of Peggy Charren, the country has lost an important voice in the fight for civility and civic responsibility in media aimed at children.

When Both Sides Get It Wrong -- It's Time for Common Ground

Candace Straight | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Candace Straight

As lifelong pro-choice Republicans who have supported GOP candidates for decades, we are dismayed by activists on the right and the left attacking the GOP leaders who spoke out against House Resolution 36 last week.

The Nation Should Follow California's Lead on Student Privacy

Jim Steyer | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Jim Steyer

California has a long, well-deserved reputation as a center for public policy innovation. Now, California is driving the national discussion in another important policy area, as President Obama showed this week -- protecting the privacy of our students.

Have Smartphones Made Parents Dumb?

Tara Cousineau, PhD | Posted 03.11.2015 | Parents
Tara Cousineau, PhD

Sometimes it feels like technology is raising -- or rather -- regressing our kids. We can complain all we want about the tsunami of media flooding our children's lives, but are we seriously willing to give in to it?

Entertainment Industry Caves to Hackers and Refuses to Stand Up for America's Kids

Jim Steyer | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Steyer

I watched the hacking of Sony Pictures play out with a mixture of sadness and bewilderment, as studio executives fell victim to a coordinated cyber attack and pulled The Interview from theaters before eventually releasing it days later.

Common: Racism Portrayed In 'Selma' Is Similar To Present-Day Struggle

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 01.05.2015 | Black Voices

When Ava DuVernay set out to make "Selma" — which has a stunning 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes and 91 percent on Metacritic — she likely ha...

5 Easy Resolutions Every Parent Can Make

Richard Greenberg | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

It is up to us, as parents, to raise children who will respect authority, tell the truth and be kind to others. Here are some simple tools to help accomplish those goals.

Making Marriage Work

Richard Greenberg | Posted 02.17.2015 | Weddings
Richard Greenberg

In honor of the fact that JoAnn and I are celebrating our thirty-seventh wedding anniversary this week, I thought I'd reflect a little on what I think has allowed our relationship to survive.

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.