| Jun 11, 2014
| 10:08 PM
When the Los Angeles school district was rocked by the largest abuse scandal in its history two years ago, Supt. John Deasy wanted one thing from the Legislature: the ability to quickly fire offending teachers.
He didn't get it from lawmakers. He got it...
| May 20, 2014
| 12:30 PM
According to a report released earlier this month in the widely respected health research journal The Lancet, the United States now ranks 60th out of 180 countries on maternal deaths occurring during pregnancy and childbirth.
To put it bluntly, for every...
| May 21, 2014
It's easy to criticize the college students who rallied against such commencement speakers as Condoleezza Rice, Robert J. Birgeneau and Christine Lagarde because they condemn their views on the Iraq war, the Occupy movement's conduct at UC Berkeley or the...
| May 21, 2014
| 11:52 AM
Dead fish and college students generally don’t have much in common.
Except maybe this week.
You see, tens of thousands of dead fish floated to the surface of Marina del Rey’s harbor over the weekend. As The Times reported: “Heaps...
| May 21, 2014
| 4:50 PM
On college campuses all over the country, the classes of 2014 have distinguished themselves like none before — mainly by chasing away their commencement speakers. Students at Smith College scared off Christine Lagarde, the first female managing...
| May 22, 2014
Who would believe that a student running for UCLA's or any university's government body would have to take a pledge that he hadn't gone on a paid trip with any of three groups? ("Stances on Israel roil UCLA campus," May 19)
This is an eye-opening...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 6:16 PM
Which is the frying pan and which is the fire? Janet Napolitano resigned as head of Homeland Security to head the University of California. At DHS, keeping the U.S. safe meant she was sometimes under attack. UC, of course, is its own kind of minefield....
| Apr 17, 2014
| 7:19 AM
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Jane Dailey is a professor of American history at the University of Chicago and the Law School. She has published extensively on the history and law of race in the United States since the Civil War.
| May 12, 2014
| 6:28 PM
Millions of people around the world have tweeted in recent weeks using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. That's an important sentiment, and not just as it relates to the kidnapping of 276 female students by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria.
The region in...
| May 14, 2014
| 4:18 PM
With commencement season heading into full swing, the scandal du jour is the rising number of speakers hounded off their graduation podiums (podia?) by student protests or threats thereof.
Rutgers graduates and their parents will be deprived of the...
| Apr 18, 2014
Things at my day-job employer, College of Charleston, have been a little loony lately.
First, the South Carolina state legislature unilaterally moved to merge our liberal arts and sciences college with a medical school. Shortly after that, the same...
| May 15, 2014
| 6:00 AM
With a few exceptions, most graduation speeches are forgettable: Work hard. Chase your dreams. Don’t give up.
But the most forgettable graduation speech of all is the one that never happens, which seems to be happening more and more these days....