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I have always believed that every good American, regardless of their political affiliation, should be active in making their country a better place to live.  There is no greater expression of patriotism than taking time out of one’s busy life to improve your community. 
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 — Luis Viera

January 22, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the death of one of the most under-appreciated presidents of modern times: Lyndon Baines Johnson. Other than Lincoln, no president did more for racial justice, and with such courage than Lyndon Johnson.  

Today, as politicians on both left and right manufacture ideas that fit cynically into 30-second attack ads, we can see that Johnson was the last president...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 — Luis Viera

The great U.S. Supreme Court Justice and American civil rights hero Thurgood Marshall once wrote that the plight of persons with developmental disabilities was not unlike a “regime of state-mandated segregation…that in its virulence and bigotry rivaled, and indeed paralleled, the worst excesses of Jim Crow.”

Despite progress, though, it is undeniable that Americans with developmental disabilities still...

Thursday, January 10, 2013 — Luis Viera

One famous Abraham Lincoln story holds that, upon being questioned by his advisers on Gen. Ulysses Grant’s alleged alcoholism, Lincoln responded, “find out what whiskey he drinks and send all of my generals a case, if it will get the same results.”

To me, the value behind this story that is applicable to our education system is this – that results matter, regardless of process.