Frank Bruni

08/21/2014 - 6:13pm

    Mike Johnston's mother was a public-school teacher. So were her mother and father. And his godfather taught in both public and private schools.

    So when he expresses the concern that we're not getting the best teachers into classrooms or weeding out the worst performers, it's not as...

05/26/2014 - 4:58pm

    A kiss is nothing. On the sidewalks, in the park, I see one every few minutes, a real kiss, lip to lip. It barely registers. It's as unremarkable as a car horn in traffic, as an umbrella in rain.

    And yet a kiss is everything. A kiss can stop the world.

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05/22/2014 - 6:08pm

    Reince Priebus made a joke on Sunday.

    I don't know that he meant to - comedy isn't his forte - but the only way to hear one of his comments on "Meet the Press" was as a put-on. He said that Hillary Clinton wouldn't run for the presidency if...

05/18/2014 - 11:17pm

    The word "crisis" pops up frequently in "Ivory Tower," a compelling new documentary about the state of higher education in America.

    It pops up in regard to the mountains of student debt. It pops up in regard to the steep drop in government funding...

05/15/2014 - 4:24am

    As an uncle I'm inconsistent about too many things.

    Birthdays, for example. My nephew Mark had one Sunday, and I didn't remember - and send a text - until 10 p.m., by which point he was asleep.

    School productions,...

05/12/2014 - 5:32am

    "Would Pope Francis Sign the New Catholic Teacher Contract?" That's the question spelled out on a dozen billboards that have gone up around Cincinnati over the last week or so.

    And it's an excellent one, because it flags the tension between what'...

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