Having gone through several music programs and with friends still attending music programs, I can tell you that these ranking systems absolutely fail to address what is important as a developing musician seeking to make a career as a performer.
USA Today splashed across its June 18, 2014, front page the breathless headline, "Unfit for Flight" to dramatize the deadly enterprise of flying general aviation aircraft (small airplanes). There is only one problem: Nearly every inference about aviation in the article is wrong.
There are a lot of reasons why Americans don't know how the law affects them or why they believe things about Obamcare that aren't true. One of the biggest reasons is the failure of many in the media to provide anything other than the most superficial coverage.
On June 3, 1989 I arrived in Beijing to cover a student-led pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square. Less than an hour later, soldiers made their first demand: "Leave the square or we will shoot to kill."
We hear so much these day about banks and companies that have become so large they are unable to manage themselves -- that there are so many layers of bureaucracy that illegal and unethical behavior can go undetected for years.
By most accounts, veterans receive good care once they are in the VA system. But after a decade of wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and with thousands of Vietnam veterans, demand on the VA has grown enormously.
From nationwide manhunts and shootouts illuminated by the fire of an exploding Cadillac to legal cases that define who we are legally allowed to love and marry -- these are topics that define who we are as a people.
The top story on Thursday's New York Times mobile edition was titled "U.N. Says Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will be Costly." Why was the newspaper featuring a story on something that's so unpopular?
With its recent editorial 'Obamacare Overreach Tramples Little Sisters of the Poor," USA Today joins the Chicago Tribune among the mainstream print outlets to "get it" when it comes to religious freedom.
The "new" (to me) Newseum offers an amazing array of displays and information in its airy galleries packed with information on America's history, geography, politics, international relations, and media-related technological advances.
Bookstores are dying, reading scores are plummeting and the quality of entertainment sinks like a stone, weighed down by the receding interest of Gen-X and millennial audiences in any form of entertainment that takes too long to watch or too much attention to absorb.
In the case of a recent DoD decision regarding the mental health of our service members, evem Churchill's old line about Americans understates our capacity for doing the wrong thing over and over again.