Jewish Journal

  • The Voting Rights Act and Los Angeles County

    By  David A. Lehrer

    August 22, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    The following op/ed appeared in yesterday’s Los Angeles

    Daily News


    A drama is unfolding in Los Angeles that may well play itself out in other large California communities and across the country.

    The L.A. County Board of Supervisors recently held a contentious four-hour meeting to... read on

  • Is Carrying an ID a “White Thing”?

    By  Joe R. Hicks

    August 19, 2011 | 4:45 pm

    This article appeared in the OC Register this week:

    The NAACP recently brought its 102nd annual convention to Los Angeles. The gathering touched on a variety of topics, but clearly one issue dominated the three-day affair: voter identification laws.

    Congresswoman Maxine Waters gave... read on

  • A Disneyland Version of History

    By  David A. Lehrer

    July 14, 2011 | 11:30 am

    The following appears in today’s Sacramento Bee. It relates to a bill that is pending on Governor Brown’s desk.

    In mid-March many Californians smirked when the Texas Board of Education adopted a social studies curriculum that aimed to alter its textbooks to rewrite history to suit... read on

  • 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 standardized test scores to be included as a part of the evaluation of the teachers it represents. This,... 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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