Category Archives: Education

In the Eyes of the Beholder?

A couple of weeks ago, I sparked a small firestorm on my social media feed. While ‘checking into’ my local gym on Facebook, I made the self-deprecating comment that I was “not yet beach worthy.” Several of my friends and … Continue reading

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Protecting Transgender Students

Two nights ago, the Shenendehowa Board of Education voted 4 to 2 in favor of a new policy designed to protect the rights and safety of transgender students. High school students in the district will now be allowed to use … Continue reading

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Fear and Loathing in Liberia

Two weeks ago, I wrote a commentary decrying the current hysteria in the US over Ebola. It was ironic, I argued, that so many people were demanding the federal government take immediate steps to address the perceived threat of Ebola … Continue reading

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Safety Shutdown

Unless a miracle happens, but the time this commentary airs on Northeast Public Radio, the US federal government will enter its tenth day of shutdown. Nearly 800,000 workers will remain furloughed, important social service and educational programs will remain unfunded, … Continue reading

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Fight or Flight

I travel a lot for work. It’s the rare week when I’m not on the road or in the air to attend a conference, give a talk at some symposium, or serve on some panel or commission. In fact, if … Continue reading

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Bright Shiny Things

On Tuesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released startling new data on the incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in American kids. According to the CDC, over 6 million children between the ages of 4 … Continue reading

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The Bully Pulpit

Last Sunday was one of the biggest American holidays. It was Super Bowl Sunday, the calorie-laden and alcohol-fueled celebration of two of America’s most hallowed traditions: armchair quarterbacking and watching television commercials. This year’s game, between my hometown San Francisco … Continue reading

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