Esther Cepeda

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Cepeda: Teacher training system stymies potential superstars

By Esther Cepeda August 10, 2015 6 a.m.

Recently, a Comedy Central skit called "TeachingCenter" about the career moves of star educators in the fictional 2015 "Teacher Draft" went viral.

Cepeda: Strict upbringing can be damaging

By Esther Cepeda July 5, 2015 6 a.m.

You don't have to be Hispanic to remember a childhood run by a parent who wielded an iron fist. But if you are Hispanic, you're more likely to — and might still have some emotional scars.

Cepeda: Hurdles stand in way of recruiting quality teachers

By Esther Cepeda June 11, 2015 6 a.m.

There is a constant rallying cry in education circles: Why don't we have more teachers of color? The answer is simple — it's not a degree likely to pay off, assuming the student can even make it to graduation.

Cepeda: An ode to the joy of inspired, and inspiring, teaching

By Esther Cepeda March 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, David Gelernter, professor of computer science at Yale and a former board member of the National Endowment for the Arts, made the following bold statement in response to a student's wondering about why anyone should give a hoot about Beethoven:

Cepeda: Paid sick leave for workers an economical, healthy step

By Esther Cepeda February 5, 2015 6 a.m.

There are many excellent reasons to agree that President Obama's proposal to allow employees to earn up to seven days of paid sick leave a year is a good idea. And a majority of the American public agrees with the president that paid sick time — which most white-collar workers already enjoy — should be available to all workers.

Cepeda: The American Dream might be down, but it's not out

By Esther Cepeda December 29, 2014 6 a.m.

There was a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song that came out in 1988 called "American Dream." It had a catchy tune but as a 14-year-old, I recoiled from it because it was so negative.

Cepeda: Discrimination discussions put Latinos in tough spot

By Esther Cepeda December 22, 2014 6 a.m.

I recently had to reiterate to my husband that minorities are far more scared of the police than non-minorities, even when we haven't done anything wrong.

Cepeda: Is technology unintentionally making us ignorant?

By Esther Cepeda November 6, 2014 6 a.m.

A decade ago, when I was a graduate student in teacher training, a frightening thing came from an accomplished and generally excellent professor.

Cepeda: Hispanic voters urged to declare their independence

By Esther Cepeda October 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Hispanics contemplating the upcoming elections must be wondering: "What now?"

Cepeda: Not all Hispanics hold same opinion on immigration

By Esther Cepeda October 1, 2014 6 a.m.

"Gerardo Lamas, the official spokesman for all Hispanics in the United States, resigned Thursday night," the satirical news site deadpanned earlier this month. " 'I'll never be able to please anybody. … The truth is it's ridiculous to expect one person to be able to speak for millions from diverse backgrounds, geopolitical situations, economic castes and region-specific cultures,' he said."

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