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Thursday, April 6, 2006 04:24 am

The human side of data-driven schools

As war overwhelms the nation’s social agenda and Illinois political candidates continue to ignore the state’s failure to provide adequate school funding, a crucia...
Thursday, March 16, 2006 08:33 am

Taking the guesswork out of picking the right daddy for your babies

I know parents who wish they had half as much information about the boys their daughters bring home as cattle breeders have about today’s purebred bulls. The 38th Annua...
Wednesday, March 1, 2006 08:28 am

The best response is to educate the ignorant, and that includes me

I wouldn’t have published the cartoons, but I wouldn’t have suspended the Daily Illini editors who did. And I wouldn’t have participated in violent pro...
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006 09:08 pm

Smoke-and-mirrors budgeting sends lives up in smoke

There is an air of unreality to the progressive but dishonest state budget proposed this week by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. It is hard to object to “Preschool for ...
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2006 09:28 pm

At the Springfield Art Association, local talent looks for a chance

Now comes an art show to complement Springfield’s rediscovery of design in its built environment. Architecture as Art, showing through Feb. 18 in the gallery of the ...
Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006 09:16 am

The mighty best not be so sure about the Almighty

You’d think that political scandals, inept disaster relief, a war going badly, and low poll numbers would be enough to humiliate politicians and the religious right ...
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005 04:07 am

There’s a whole lot wrong with the world. What’s ripe?

At a recent party, a friend was way down. George W. Bush had ruined his Christmas. He was so upset about the state of the world that he could hardly function. There is so muc...
Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005 09:44 pm

Life is hard, but don’t take it out on the windows

My tenant came by first thing this morning and turned in his key, just as he had said he would. He said that he had swept up as much of the broken glass as was possible and, ...
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005 04:47 am

Closing the achievement gap is doable — and must be done

A veteran Springfield teacher expressed frustration as she left the Nov. 14 forum on “Closing the Achievement Gap”: “We’re already doing so much of ...

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