College rankings are something parents, students and educators all watch. They offer a snapshot of what each university has to offer and UC Davis has long enjoyed high rankings across the board.
While the New York Times seems determined to promote charter schools, other news agencies and educational groups are expressing increased reservations about their lack of performance, excessive expense and political and financial backing.
In a recent New York Times article written by Katha Pollitt, she asks those of us who want to keep our rights to have an abortion to speak out. Well, I am a woman who has had two abortions - HEAR ME ROAR!
The country and western song "Cleopatra, Queen of Denial" is simply making a universally-understood cultural reference and has nothing to do with the Holocaust.
Privilege was one of the topics we explored in a 90-minute conversation about race and media at the 2015 Camden International Film Festival. The conversation was a live recording of She Does Podcast, hosted by Sarah Ginsburg and myself.
By now many of you have likely read "Why Students Hate School Lunches," by Kate Murphy in this week's New York Times Sunday Review. Here's my one word reaction to the piece: GAH!!!!
I probably shouldn't do this, but I'm going to let you in on a secret about the newspaper game: Reporters are childish people. And God bless them for that trait, because it's what sustains that sense of wonder the best ones never lose.
Today we live in a world of versions and releases and patches and fixes - we have been socialized to accept product failure as the price of entry into great things, and we dutifully plod on waiting for the next release, hoping that they will fix whatever it is that isn't working.
As someone who has worked on college campuses to educate men and women about sexual assault and consent, I have seen the barriers to raising awareness and changing attitudes. Chief among them, in my experience, is a sense of skepticism.
One big problem with the Times' campaign to hype charter schools is that this school just opened the week before with 135 kindergarten and first grade children, so no one had any idea how economically diverse and academically rigorous the school would actually become. The article was purely speculative, barely more than an advertisement for charter schools.
Maybe someone can create the Perfectly Imperfect Barbie? The one who doesn't always look pretty and say all the right things all the time. Who occasionally eats too much pizza, gains weight, gets pimples and says the wrong things (for which she can also be programmed to apologize).
The void that suicidal veterans stare into is engulfing them, and it is our job to infiltrate that void, and populate it with loving, compassionate fellow vets who care deeply about each veterans' survival. We have got to find the answer.
There may well be duties in these data for university officials. But there are duties in them for parents, too. The victims are, inescapably, our daughters. The report is shockingly silent on the fact that the perpetrators are, inevitably, our sons.
It is easy to blame racial inequality in the United States on "bad choices" of Black people. If the "problem" is their "bad choices," that means the economic and political system is basically sound and people who are doing okay, both Black and White, can credit themselves for their "good choices."
The book should be required reading by members of the media. It might get them to think twice as they are preparing what will be endless columns on Clinton until the election.
Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Friedman. In July, the influential New York Times columnist and bestselling author sat down for an exclusive interview with President Obama.