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April 4 Buzz: Defending teachers, a noble profession; debating Obama's race

Most viewed and shared: Teaching, the most important profession

Although "teachers and their unions are under fire across the nation," victims of "contempt and anger," novelist and teacher Susan Straight would like us to remember that teachers "are some of the most important people in children's lives." Read on for Straight's take on why we need a reality check when it comes to public education and respecting teachers.

Most commented: President Obama: At odds with clear demographic trends toward multiracial pride

Gregory Rodriguez's Monday column asks: Why did President Obama check "black" on his 2010 census form when he is, in fact, half white? In the process, did he alienate the growing demographic of Americans who proudly identify themselves as multiracial? Or was this a smart political move?

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glenda ahhaitty

President Obama as did every Amercian had the right to identify the community they most closely identifed with on the Census form. The information provide by each individual was to remain private. Aggregrate data was to be presented to the public that would not disclose confidentiality of the respondant. My question for the writer of this OpEd how did he gain access to Obama's private information? The information on the Census has great impact on communities. An individuals genology is a part of a families history and should be kept in the family. The Census numbers affect the health of communities, political power, and affect broad areas of the economic health of that community. The question is better looked at to what community are you a part of, how do you identify yourself. A mixed race responce creates a blind that hinds the true affects of race in Amercian.


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