6 trends for improving K-12 learning experience

It's important that teachers keep up-to-date with the latest helpful technology for their students and that parents understand the ramifications of that technology, too.

Bill Cosby: Is he being treated fairly?

This hurts deeply to those of us who grew up admiring and wanting to be a part of the Huxtable family. That show for those of us 40+ was one of the first where we saw a successful black couple ...

The East Marshall Street Well Project

In April of 1994, human bones and artifacts from the 19th century were discovered in an abandoned well during a construction project. The well’s contents are believed to have been discarded by medical students and instructors at the former medical ...

Does life expectancy depend on your zip code?

Live in Virginia’s Fairfax or Arlington counties instead of the nation’s capital, 14 miles away, and you could live an extra six or seven years.

Student communications

I want you to know that I did the test review. Is it possible I show a 0 on it because I didn’t turn it in?

The Burger King controversy: A call for regicide

Burger King’s announced purchase of Canadian fast food chain Tim Hortons, and its plans to relocate its headquarters to Canada to take advantage of the lower corporate income tax rate, were followed by predictable liberal cries of outrage over BK’s ...

The tragedies the befell the King family

Did you know that one year after Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, his brother drowned in his own pool? And, six years after King's death, his mother, Alberta Williams King, was shot in and ...

The lesson Congress should learn from the VA scandal

The mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path says Lee Hamilton.

Why black men need more white women

Black women constantly complain about the death of “eligible” black men to date and marry. Noted sociologist William Julius Wilson has argued that “the increasing levels of non-marriage and female-headed households is a manifestation of the high levels of economic ...

Calling foul against racism in the NBA

The 2006 book, "$40 Million Slaves", captured the dilemma of black professional athletes. Are they heroes and role models of American success, or are they overpriced servants, playing games that make rich men even more wealthy?

Some thoughts on expanding Medicaid

There are two policy issues involved in whether Virginia should expand Medicaid. First, is whether the budget should be the vehicle through which a major new government entitlement program is determined; and second, whether expanding Medicaid is a sound policy ...

The secret sauce behind leading opponents of a minimum wage increase

There’s a heated debate going on in Congress and many state capitols this spring over raising the minimum wage. One of the key players – and a vocal opponent of wage increases – is the restaurant lobby, led by the ...

What happen's if the minimum wage increases?

Last week, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report saying that the proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in 2016 would cost the creation of 500,000 jobs in 2016. While they did conclude that ...

Advancing and achieving the dream

If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive, he would have turned 85 on Jan. 15. Since his death in 1968, so much has changed … and yet, so much has remained the same. Accordingly, we must continue to “live ...

Affluenza – blame the parents

Affluenza may be a new concept for me, but the word’s been around for decades and was the topic of a PBS documentary in 1997 and at least two books – in 2001 and 2006 – one of which describes ...