Education Should Teach You How to Think

Education Should Teach You How to Think

A decent education teaches you to think. In my life, that statement has been as self-evident as the unalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence. After all, an effective education is not just the transfer of information from book to brain but includes the...
Educators Deserve Thanks for Thankless Work

Educators Deserve Thanks for Thankless Work

There is not a demographic on the planet that has been unaffected by COVID-19. With summer fast approaching, I want to focus on educators, administrators and support staff who have had to balance stress, fatigue, learning-curve and anxieties – all with a chipper smile...
Culture-War Loyalists Take Aim at Latest Battle

Culture-War Loyalists Take Aim at Latest Battle

A “culture war” seems to be more reflective of a perspective than a crusade on a particular issue. Like the familiar church faction whose agenda is disruption and obstruction, the “cause” seems to be secondary to the need to find an issue that can serve as a basis for...
What Christmas Means to 9-Year-Old from Guatemala

What Christmas Means to 9-Year-Old from Guatemala

A meaningful moment happened at lunch recently. They often do in elementary school cafeterias. We elementary school teachers eat lunch with our students. As we sit and eat our meat and three vegetables with them, we become listeners instead of talkers, we become...
Look Back | Resegregating America’s Schools

Look Back | Resegregating America’s Schools

Editor’s note: This article first appeared on Jan. 4, 2006. De La Torre was director of the Justice & Peace Institute and associate professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology in Denver at the time of publication. It is republished today on the 65th...