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An Education Game Changer

By  David A. Lehrer

July 12, 2011 | 12:42 pm

A seismic shift occurred last week that has not received the attention it deserves.

The National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers’ union, voted to allow... read on

  • A Flotilla of Fools

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    July 8, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    Sometime before the end of this month, and barring some fortunate happening, a motley collection of about ten boats is set to sail from a port in Greece, bound for Gaza, despite a long-standing Israeli naval blockade.

    On board the flotilla will be an equally motley collection of... read on

  • Advocacy, the Academy, and Mushy Thinking

    By  David A. Lehrer

    July 1, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    Ethnic and religious advocacy groups’ reports are not known for their academic rigor or careful sourcing—-those qualities are neither part of their mission nor their goals. Their aims are, understandably, more narrow and self-serving.

    Academic centers at universities, on the... read on

  • Tragic Fiction Come to Life

    By  David A. Lehrer

    June 23, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    A 1961 Kurt Vonnegut short story, Harrison Bergeron, begins with these words,

    The year was 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than... read on

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  • RIGHT GOAL—-WRONG STRATEGY

    By  David A. Lehrer

    May 11, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    By Joe R. Hicks and David A. Lehrer                                            

    The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) held a press conference last week, the day after President Obama’s announcement of Osama bin Laden’s dispatch. The briefing seemed to... read on

  • Neutrality in Journalism—-Is It Possible?

    By  David A. Lehrer

    April 22, 2011 | 4:43 pm

    An issue which periodically emerges and engages passions on all sides of the political spectrum is the role and purpose of objectivity in journalism. Are the Glenn Becks and Keith Olbermanns of the world the future and fate of journalism or is there still a place for the much... read on

  • UCLA Leads the Pack

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 29, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    Last summer, Community Advocates published an op/ed in the Los Angeles Times singing the praises of UCLA and several other UC campuses for being in the vanguard of elite universities to admit socio-economically disadvantaged applicants. 

    Rather than rely on race and/or ethnicity as... read on

  • Mixed Race Marriages and Our Attitudes

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    March 25, 2011 | 3:10 pm

    Even as we face serious world issues competing for our attention, a recent article in the Los Angeles Times featured this headline … “Bachelor casting draws fire.”

    I’m no fan of reality television, but it is ubiquitous among today’s offerings.  I’ve seen snippets of... read on

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