Esther Cepeda

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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.

Cepeda: A taste treat, not a takeover of the U.S. by Hispanics

By Esther Cepeda October 30, 2013 6 a.m.

There's something I contemptuously refer to as the "Hispanic Hype Machine." It's the Internet-enabled echo chamber that goes into overdrive every time a Latino-centric statistic comes out.

Cepeda: Wanted: Sense and sanity in immigration reform

By Esther Cepeda October 2, 2013 6 a.m.

With the on-again, off-again chances of achieving wide-ranging immigration reform, there's much to be exasperated about. But more frustrating are the smaller, slam-dunk situations that could be settled by other means.

Cepeda: Learning environments are tough on boys these days

By Esther Cepeda September 25, 2013 6 a.m.

It's been a windfall week for boys, those too-oft overlooked stakeholders in American education.

Cepeda: Minutemen trying to find way in a changing America

By Esther Cepeda September 11, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio recently told members of the Arizona Minuteman border-watch movement that they could end up "seeing 30 rounds fired into them" if they're not more careful where they point their guns. Arpaio issued his warning after a Minuteman was arrested for aiming a rifle at a sheriff's deputy he'd mistaken for a drug smuggler.

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