Whether from a parent, teacher, coach or mentor, many of us have heard the refrain 'nothing worth doing is ever easy.' For commentator Genevieve Ludwig, that lesson came by way of a small, furry, long-term house guest.
It's been over 10,000 years since man learned to domesticate animals and grow crops. And he moved out of the trees and the caves. It's been over 50,000 years since homo sapiens exceeded Neanderthal Man, and those who live in the new world cease being hunters and gatherers… except for my wife.
Improving teacher performance has recently been a focus of debate in D.C. public schools, but rarely are the students themselves asked to weigh in. Commentator Calvin Jackson is about to graduate from a D.C. public school, and has a few suggestions for educators.
The recent news stories about former International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the adultery of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Senator John Ensign added to the past scandals regarding the sexual peccadillos of many high-ranking men in government have got me to wondering what is it about the fame and fortune that leads so many men to the pinnacles of success to stray from the standards of propriety, which are so important to our culture.
In the District, theater groups are organizing to fight a 6 percent tax on ticket sales proposed by Mayor Vincent Gray. But Commentator Norman Allen, playwright and head of the English department at Cesar Chavez Public Charter High School, says actors and directors aren't the only ones who should be concerned.
As the school year comes to a close, children and parents are gearing up for summer. But commentator Ellen London, president and CEO of the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation says this year there will be fewer camps and activities to go around, and is urging the community to help out.
America has long touted diversity as one of its strengths, and according to a Pew Research Center survey, six in 10 Americans say they’d prefer to live in racially-mixed communities. But as commentator Roger Wood notes, diversity may be more of an ideal than a reality.
More than 80 percent of employers check for a criminal record before considering hiring an individual. And about 1 in 4 adults today has a record of at least one arrest. Fiske highlighted the assumption that a criminal record signals higher odds that the individual will commit crimes in the future. But commentator Thom Feucht, executive senior science advisor at the National Institute of Justice says prior arrests aren't necessarily as predictive as you might expect.
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