If Letter Grades Were Good Enough For Jesus: Montgomery County’s (MD) New Grading System

Updated November 16, 2018 Since the dawn of the Republic (well maybe not that far back) letter grades have been the standard in most public and private schools in the United States. Generations of students grew up with the A-E (or A-D and an F) grading system to help them determine how well they were… Read More If Letter Grades Were Good Enough For Jesus: Montgomery County’s (MD) New Grading System

Hollywood’s ‘Asian’ Shuffle And The Overlooked Jason Scott Lee

Updated May 3, 2019 with resource and reference material. On the Hollywood food chain it seems that Asian actors are “lint” or maybe “less than lint” – to borrow a line from the 1998 movie Dave. Like Asian actors, Black actors and actresses always lament, with good reason, the lack of roles that are offered… Read More Hollywood’s ‘Asian’ Shuffle And The Overlooked Jason Scott Lee

Social Media and Civic Engagement: Many Questions, A Few Answers

Can social networks increase our involvement in the political process beyond clicking the ‘like’ button? Politics and social media have finally made a connection. Yet, the level of understanding and usage of social media varies from person to person. The public, politicians and governmental entities are trying to grasp how to use social media while… Read More Social Media and Civic Engagement: Many Questions, A Few Answers

Are McMansions Really Headed Towards Slumville?

Note: I wrote this essay in April 2008 as a response to Christopher Leinberger’s ‘The Next Slum‘ article (Atlantic Monthly, March 2008). I chastised the author a bit for not exactly answering the implied question about the future of McMansions. Given the sad state of the housing market and rampant foreclosures that have occurred during… Read More Are McMansions Really Headed Towards Slumville?

Grant Memorial: The ‘Ugly Betty’ of U.S. Presidential Monuments

Updated November 17, 2017 Vietnam Memorial. Arlington Cemetery. Lincoln Memorial. The Washington Monument. Jefferson Memorial.  When standing in front these memorials, visitors experience a range of emotions. Awe. Hurt. Sadness. Respect. The United States National Parks Services (NPS) the government bureau responsible for the maintenance of these memorials, wants visitors to notice and feel the… Read More Grant Memorial: The ‘Ugly Betty’ of U.S. Presidential Monuments

Media Myth Surrounding the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debates & the Boston Globe

Updated April 2, 2018 If you are a connoisseur of media politics the 1960 presidential debates between John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Richard Milhous Nixon brought attention to the power of television and the declining importance of radio. The groupthink about the debates is that Kennedy won over the television debate audience while Nixon reigned over… Read More Media Myth Surrounding the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Debates & the Boston Globe