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[OP-ED]: Growing disgust with the ethos of college campuses does not mean a rejection of higher education

 07/18/2017 - 15:00
According to the National Student Clearinghouse, which tracks college enrollments, the number of students in colleges and universities has now dropped for five straight years, and this year 81,000 fewer high school graduates nationwide are heading to higher-education institutions. 

A recent survey on the public’s view of national institutions elicited headlines that suggested a tale of backwardness and ignorance. One example: “Majority of Republicans Think Higher Education is Bad for America.” 

The reality is more complex.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 2:16pm

[OP-ED]: La creciente aversión por la cultura de los campus universitarios no significa un rechazo a la educación superior

 07/18/2017 - 14:23
Según National Student Clearinghouse, que registra las inscripciones universitarias, el número de estudiantes en universidades e instituciones de estudios superiores ha caído por cinco años seguidos y este año 81.000 graduados menos de la preparatoria se han inscripto en instituciones de educación superior.

Una encuesta reciente sobre la perspectiva pública acerca de las instituciones nacionales provocó titulares que sugieren una historia de retraso e ignorancia. Un ejemplo: “La mayoría de los republicanos piensa que la educación superior es mala para Estados Unidos”.

La realidad es más compleja.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 2:16pm

[OP-ED]: For those struggling with anxiety, harness the power of positive writing

 07/11/2017 - 10:23
Then Janice Kaplan’s book “The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life” came out, promising that by just being thankful one could crowd out negative thoughts

Two years ago, anxiety was keeping me up at night, threatening to spiral out of control. Meanwhile, my husband with his easy confidence -- never seeing a raincloud without a silver lining, always constructing the best possible scenario when confronted with a set of hazy details -- slept like a baby. I decided I wanted that kind of peace in my life.

 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 10:00am

[OP-ED]: The real problem for the Democrats

 07/04/2017 - 16:02
The Democratic Party has reacted to its series of recent election losses by once again concluding that it needs a better economic message. As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said last Sunday, “Democrats need a strong, bold, sharp-edged and common-sense economic agenda.” EFE

The only disagreement within the party is about how sharp-edged and left-wing that message should be. But it is increasingly clear that the problem for Democrats has little to do with economics and much more to do with a cluster of issues they would rather not revisit -- about culture, social mores and national identity.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 4:00pm

[OP-ED]: By all means, take issue with ‘The Bell Curve.’ But read it first

 06/23/2017 - 08:47
t’s a shame that the controversy regarding “The Bell Curve” centered on the book’s delineation of the differences in measured intelligence between blacks and whites

When “The Bell Curve” by Charles A. Murray and Richard Herrnstein was published in 1994, I was a junior in college and didn’t know anything about the book except that it had my white literature professors in an uproar. A few of them inveighed against the book’s premise -- the very notion of intelligence as something people possess in varying degrees -- and then the whole controversy eventually died out.

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 8:15am

[OP-ED]: Por favor, disientan con ‘The Bell Curve’ si quieren. Pero primero léanlo.

 06/23/2017 - 08:43
Es una lástima que la controversia con respecto a “The Bell Curve” se centrara en la delineación del libro de las diferencias en inteligencia medida, entre negros y blancos.

Cuando se publicó el libro de Charles A. Murray y Richard Herrnstein, ‘The Bell Curve’, en 1994, yo estaba en el segundo año de universidad y no sabía nada sobre él, excepto que causó el alboroto de mis profesores de literatura blancos. Algunos de ellos despotricaron contra la premisa del libro—la noción de la inteligencia como algo que el individuo posee en diversos grados—y después toda la controversia finalmente se apagó.

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 8:15am

[OP-ED]: America’s postindustrial blues

 06/22/2017 - 09:43
Says Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution in his new book “Dream Hoarders.” We should not be surprised that 58 percent of whites and 67 percent of whites without a college degree voted for Trump.

Ever since Donald Trump’s election, a cottage industry of politicians, journalists, scholars and commentators has sought to understand what motivates Trump supporters. Theories have ranged from globalization to a rebellion against Washington elitism to racism. But the true cause may have been overlooked: the “postindustrial society.”

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:30am

[OP-ED]: El circo de Trump llega a Miami

 06/21/2017 - 12:06
US President Donald J. Trump shows the National Security Presidential Memorandum on Cuba, he signed after giving remarks at Manuel Artime Theater in Miami, Florida, USA. EFE

Si usted siente que después de las elecciones pasadas son los pacientes los que dirigen el manicomio, créame, no es el único. El lunático número uno es, sin duda, el mismo presidente, quien la semana pasada en Miami demostró una vez más que su concepto (o su comprensión) de la realidad no pasa de los “reality shows”.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 9:15am
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