Big Changes in Medicare

According to a group of Congressional representatives, Medicare is due for a big change. A Democratic proposal was recently put forward that would allow the federal government to negotiate prescription drug prices for Medicare Part D. The agenda aligns with both the previous efforts of the Obama administration and plans put forward by the Clinton…


A Year of Cicadas

I was born in the late springtime 19 years ago, along with the cicadas. As my eyes were opened and I cried and was washed and wrapped in new linens, insects were crushing through their thin encasings and clawing through roots and rocks to see light for the first time, refracted in the zillion tiny…


The Return of Segregated Schools

There’s nothing like coming home for the holidays to news that your high school is in the midst of being resegregated. Despite what spell check may think, I didn’t mean to type ‘desegregated.’ I say resegregation, and I mean resegregation, because that’s precisely what many teachers, students, and parents at my North Miami Beach, Florida…

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The 28th Amendment?

The quality and efficiency of education within the United States is a controversial topic, but data from various cross-national tests consistently underscores the fact that United States students are lagging internationally. One of the biggest cross-national tests, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), placed the United States 24th, 28th, and 36th in reading, science,…


The Legacy of No Child Left Behind

After years of intense public pressure to improve the quality of education, on January 23 of 2001, President Bush proposed a plan to Congress to improve the standards of America’s failing primary and secondary education systems. The plan would reauthorize Lyndon B. Johnson’s, Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) with a forceful new piece of…

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Discontinue The Painful Traditions of The Past

The Supreme Court justices who voted against the legalization of same-sex marriage earlier this year had some strong things to say about the United States’ traditions. Chief Justice John Roberts, for one, described what he saw as the majority’s fundamental error: “The Court today not only overlooks our country’s entire history and tradition but actively…

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Hiking Home

Christmas Day in the Sears-Wang family wouldn’t be complete without a grueling, six mile hike. Every year after presents and breakfast, my mom, stepdad, and myself—and, if we have any, our guests—head out to the nearby mountains. In a place like my hometown, Las Vegas, where temperatures rarely drop below mildly chilly, the brisk winter…

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