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.
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.
While hate seems to rise up across the world, the border town Ajo fights for hope through art
The story of education in lower income neighborhoods is an all too familiar one. The struggle to obtain a stable education is a story of overcoming conditions that are less than favorable, much like the swamp plant. What is causing these students, especially Latinos, to fall behind? How can they grow from these meager and impoverished conditions?
The Venezuelan Public Ministry on Monday reported that two people died in protests in the western states of Merida and Barinas, one of them being a Merida government official. Opposition is demanding early elections.
Two new Venezuelan Restaurants, “Tartareperia 18.64,” and “Puyero Venezuelan Flavor”, mark the latest addition to the rich Latino cuisine of Philadelphia. They are part of a revolution in the city’s cuisine that traces its roots almost 30 years ago.
There is an emerging education trend I’ve noticed that will hopefully sweep the nation: Asking the adults in children’s lives to not bad-mouth themselves about math.
The first time I noticed it was several years ago at an orientation for parents at my younger son’s new middle school. The principal was trying to explain that the math standards on the statewide achievement test were going up and that it might be noticeable in work that was coming home at night.
Muchas escuelas de todo el país requieren que los alumnos del segundo año de secundaria den el examen preliminar SAT o el ACT de práctica, como preparación para los exámenes del anteúltimo año, que ayudan a determinar su competitividad en universidades sumamente selectivas. Cuando lo hacen, los estudiantes tienen la opción de llenar un casillero indicando que están de acuerdo con que las posibles universidades los contacten en el futuro.
Many high schools across the country require that sophomores take the preliminary SAT or the practice ACT in preparation for the junior-year tests, which help determine their competitiveness at highly selective schools. When they do this, the students have the option to fill in a bubble on their answer packet agreeing to let prospective schools contact them in the future.
This is how it came to be that on the day after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, my mailbox was stuffed with 12 (and counting) ego-stroking letters from colleges across the country for my youngest son.
I will never get to take my grandchildren to the circus.
For that matter, I’ll never again get to take my parents -- who adore going with their own grandchildren to the circus for the cotton candy, popcorn, acrobats and animals -- now that Feld Entertainment has announced that, after 146 years, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will close in May after a few final performances.