Recent Education Commentaries

Featured image for “The Pit”
The Pit
Schools and community libraries have now become battlegrounds for political division. Fearing backlash from parents, school officials have quietly been removing books from libraries that discuss race, gender and LGBTQ identities. “A growing number of communities across America where conservatives have mounted challenges to books and other content related to race, sex, gender and other subjects they deem inappropriate,” The...
Read More
April 19, 2022
Featured image for “Waiting for a Miracle”
Waiting for a Miracle
The “vaccine might be a killer,” a broadcaster warned. It’s “unchristian,” a local clergyman said. When Jonas Salk, physician-scientist, first developed a vaccine for polio, influential radio broadcaster Walter Winchell told his listeners not to take the vaccine because it “might be a killer.” Salk tested the vaccine in secret. The March of Dimes approved the results and a virus...
Read More
February 11, 2022
Featured image for “The Poison We Live With”
The Poison We Live With
“He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind . . .” —Proverbs 11:29 Denial is a superb film about a lawsuit brought by author David Irving against American Holocaust scholar, Deborah Lipstadt for libel. Irving writes and speaks on Nazi Germany and much his work centers on his fervent belief that the Holocaust never happened. The basis of...
Read More
January 28, 2022
Featured image for “Galileo Syndrome”
Galileo Syndrome
He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. – Psalms 104:5-6 And yet, it moves. – Galileo Galilei Headline, Florence Morning Sun (April 1616): “GALILEO FRAUD, CHURCH SAYS” While Nicolaus Copernicus determined that the earth revolved around the sun, he never published his findings until the last year of his death fearing dire consequences. When Italian...
Read More
April 9, 2021
Featured image for “Social Media’s Algorithm Problem”
Social Media’s Algorithm Problem
For too long, Social media has become a haven for third-party shares of misinformation, false conspiracies and blatant lies. As belief turns to anger, and anger to hate, some have become radically motivated, violent extremists. While many of these companies have taken some steps to stem the tide of hate and violence, our worst impulses have rapidly overtaken and divided...
Read More
March 3, 2021
Featured image for “Right Call”
Right Call
At the end of the 2021 season, the Cleveland Indians baseball team will drop “Indians” from their name. In a statement, owner Paul Dolan said, “Hearing firsthand the stories and experiences of Native American people, we gained a deep understanding of how tribal communities feel about the team name and the detrimental effects it has on them.” National Congress of...
Read More
December 18, 2020
Featured image for “The Unconventionalist”
The Unconventionalist
In his Peace Studies class at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Colman McCarthy engages students in his chosen religion: nonviolence and peace. “If peace is what every government says it seeks,” McCarthy writes, “and peace is the yearning of every heart, why aren’t we studying it and teaching it in school?” In Reverend McCarthy’s weekly sermon, “studying peace through nonviolence is...
Read More
December 2, 2020
Featured image for “How Can We Restore Our Faith in Democracy?”
How Can We Restore Our Faith in Democracy?
“No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried.…” – Winston Churchill We think of America as exceptional, the leader of the free world, an example of doing the right thing. However, we’ve made our share of...
Read More
November 23, 2020
Featured image for ““A Fire Not to be Quenched””
“A Fire Not to be Quenched”
“A democracy cannot survive merely by being well informed, it must also be contemplative, and wise.” – E.B. White John and Jeremy Zogby are part of the team at Zogby Strategies whose mission is to examine Americans’ thinking to keep us better informed, and hopefully, more “contemplative and wise.” Before Tuesday’s election, both correctly recognized that the race between Trump...
Read More
November 6, 2020
Featured image for “How Do We Restore Trust?”
How Do We Restore Trust?
In 2006, I completed a survey entitled, Honesty and Trust in America. While the study took place 14 years ago, the solutions from more than 8,000 Americans are more relevant than ever. “When it comes to grading the level of trustworthiness of various groups that determine the course of the nation,” I began, “congress received the lowest levels of trustworthiness...
Read More
October 28, 2020