The negative reaction that some white parents have to the idea of putting their high-achieving students in the same classes as disadvantaged students of color evidences the passive racism of the white moderate.
Too much homework is a problem, and the fast-approaching Common Core State Standards will probably make that situation worse. But there exist bigger problems in this world, too, and these overarching problems are not unrelated to who's doing how much homework.
Don Harmon's street cred as a "reformer" or progressive has to be questioned. Judged through a larger prism, Don Harmon, the state senator who represents Oak Park, isn't challenging the status quo. He is the status quo.
I have always clung to my family's history as something that defines me in a way I have yet to understand. I feel ignorant though when people ask when was the last time I visited, because I simply haven't... ever.
Ernie greets every customer by name. If it's your first time, he calls you Baby, makes you hold out your open palm, hands out a bunch of Hershey Kisses, and then introduces himself as a friend for life.