Archive | October, 2009

Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students

A clear gap has emerged between students of low-income and high-income families. Because of general economic imbalances between caucasians and black in the United States, criticisms of America’s schools are frequently characterized by racial arguments. Whether it is simply correlation or true causality, our schools are, without doubt, failing black students. This phenomenon is especially […]

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Is It Me, or Are We Speaking English Again?

The world of the 21st century has gone a long way in linking people in ways previously unheard of. Emerging as the lingua franca of the world, English sits atop other languages in many respects. It is the language of science, aviation, computing, tourism, and more importantly, diplomacy. Competition, however, is an inevitable consequence for […]

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Gleeks

It was first seen in high schools across the nation during September of 2009. It would be seen on shirts and in speech, and it would be alien to anyone who did not watch TV. Then, slowly but surely, it would make its way into the magazines, into the words of talk show hosts, and […]

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Is It Easier to be Angry at Unattractive People?

It is difficult to detach ourselves from physical appearance and judge by character. Looks are the first things we see, the first things that we react to, and they, unlike personality or intellect, fully reveal themselves immediately. There’s no wait involved. It’s instant gratification, and it’s easier, more natural even, than having to delve deeper […]

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The Demise of the Expert

The idea of an “expert” is simple enough: one who spends time studying and practicing a particular field in order to gain more knowledge in that field than the average person. This “learning” could include personal education through extensive research or hands-on experience, possibly with higher level education through a university or some similar program. […]

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The Marketability of Mediocrity: Soulja Boy and the Music Industry

In his own way, rapper Soulja Boy (born DeAndre Way) is a musical genius. At the age of 19, Way has seen three of his songs reach the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Top 20, with his number one single “Crank That” capturing the top spot for 7 weeks—longer than such classics as The Beatles’ “Can’t […]

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Reform and the Educational Bureaucracy in America

America’s educational system is failing. A host of our problems, including a stagnated lower class, violence and crime, and employee exploitation can all be traced back to education. So where do we begin to resolve this massive dilemma? Before considering possible solutions to consistently falling test scores, gaps in achievement by race, and the unpreparedness […]

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