Rose Nolen columns
Recent events, such as Central Falls, R.I., high school firing all of its teachers and Kansas City contemplating closing down half of its schools, have highlighted some of the failings of the current public school system. The problems in schools may not just stem from sub-par teachers, but may also be the result irresponsible parenting.
Since there has been nothing done to fix the health care crisis in America, does that mean it's not a big issue anymore? Only taking action now can prevent the ills of a society without health care.
In today's fast-paced and tech-crazy society, many people have reached high stress levels brought on by several aspects of modern living. This stress has led many people to lose the individualist attitude held by those who founded America and become more vulnerable to 'scared out of their wits' political tactics.
With households less reliant on the nuclear family it seems that America's youth is turning to drugs. But the family structure shouldn't shoulder all the blame.
Childhood fights we encounter on the playground are much like the games Congress plays.
Each year it seems that people question whether Black History Month needs to be taught in schools. Now more than ever, the answer is yes.
Too many well-intentioned parents aren't giving young people what they need today more than ever — a strong foundation.
As people attempt to publicize their privates lives, don't expect the government to clean up reality television or any other sort of media. It's up to parents and individuals to be positive role models for children.
Fans of high-tech communities like Facebook and Twitter should not fall in the trap of neglecting their real-life neighbors and coworkers.
In this new decade, let's try to remember that "we the people" are ultimately responsible for our problems and finding solutions to them.
In the coming year, we should all try harder to make our country a better place to live.
Global warming, Nobel Peace Prizes, Tiger Woods are topics I'll leave to others, but I do worry about politicians who ignore the changing beliefs of the public.
According to the Associated Press-MTV poll, one-third of those polled admitted to sexting, sending sexually explicit photos, videos and chat. Kids don’t realize the harm they can do to themselves by sending these sexually explicit photos to people they believe they can trust.
I’m convinced that as many hours as people spend in front of the set, we would be a less violent society if we had more sensible television fare.
Freedom of choice to do anything we may want to do without the disadvantage of having a lot of rules and regulation may be fun, but obviously it’s not the ideal system for making living together in peace easy.
Distance between family members makes the holidays less family-oriented.
Despite what a person has done in the past, acts of violence and murder are not the solution.
When a recession hits this hard, all we can do is try to learn from the experience. This time around, America is being taught some hard lessons about workers' rights. Workers must be paid a fair wage, be allowed to bargain collectively, be protected by government regulation and be treated with dignity.
It's time for Americans to get back their fighting spirit and do something for themselves about health care. Don't depend on others to do the battle for you.
History contains many examples of women being the force behind change. Perhaps it's time for women to follow history's footsteps and lead the campaign to return to civility.