Esther Cepeda

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Cepeda: Book delves into 'conspiracy' behind low-fat diets' surge

By Esther Cepeda September 18, 2014 6 a.m.

As a chubby and impressionable teen in the 1990s, desperate to lower my weight as Type 2 diabetes started afflicting my family, I was especially vulnerable to the Snackwell's-ification of American food.

Cepeda: It's time to focus on what we all have in common

By Esther Cepeda August 23, 2014 6 a.m.

'War" is too strong a word to use in regard to race relations. Despite continuing income inequality or how often the justice system seems to lack fairness when applied to nonwhites, few Americans would say that whites are waging a war on people of color.

Cepeda: Why do Hispanic women flock to movie theaters?

By Esther Cepeda July 23, 2014 6 a.m.

My family attended the first morning screening of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," which won its opening weekend's box office with a $73 million debut. According to Lucas Shaw's recent article "Hispanic Women Are This Summer's Most Avid Moviegoers" on the entertainment news site TheWrap, we are propping up the movie industry.

Cepeda: For the kids, make these weeks about the 'opposite'

By Esther Cepeda July 16, 2014 6 a.m.

We're deep into my family's unprecedented "Summer of Lethargy.''

Cepeda: Dehumanization of children has far-reaching impact

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

CHICAGO — “What could a 3-year-old possibly do to warrant being suspended from preschool?”

Cepeda: Battle over standardized testing turns ugly in Chicago

By Esther Cepeda March 14, 2014 6 a.m.

As education reform takes hold across the country, we find ourselves traveling through another dimension — one not only of hysterics but also of childish behavior. There's a signpost up ahead, our next stop: The Stupid Zone!

Cepeda: Grit, curiosity, character are keys to long-term success

By Esther Cepeda February 19, 2014 6 a.m.

It's been more than a year since Paul Tough's best-selling book "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character" revolutionized how we think of achievement.

Cepeda: Immigration reform shouldn't be all-or-nothing deal

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

Immigration reform is not dead — it's just waiting for lawmakers to drop the politics, strike a compromise and get it done.

Cepeda: Politician's halting Spanish is demonstration of respect

By Esther Cepeda December 18, 2013 6 a.m.

Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says critics of his broken Spanish should just "get a life." Bloomberg, noting his continuing work on perfecting his facility with the second most-spoken language in the world, told a talk radio host, "You know, I'm going to get there; I don't have any doubts about that. And these people that make fun of me, you know, what do I care? You know, you wonder, why don't they just get a life?"

Cepeda: Making college a family matter for the disadvantaged

By Esther Cepeda November 20, 2013 6 a.m.

Want to boost the number of low-income Hispanic students who graduate from high school and go on to college? Then find a way to get their parents on board first.

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