An American Commentary: Social Problems That Changed America in the 21st Century
Paperback - 2014
by Silvio Laccetti
Sixty powerful short essays about major social issues that are transforming America today. Each essay is followed by a special commentary section. The total work is a highly-objective reasoned - but startling - commentary on modern American problems.
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Dr. Silvio Laccetti
Silvio Laccetti began his distinguished college teaching career in History and Social Sciences at Stevens Tech. when he was just a few years older than his senior students!
Over the decades, he has been the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence, including recognition by the Danforth Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.
He has also received three Outstanding Teacher Awards from Stevens. He has published four books and countless articles, essays and editorials. Dr. Laccetti is a Pulitzer prize nominee.
In his professional work, Professor Laccetti has sought to enlarge the classroom experience by creating teaching and learning opportunities with hands-on internships in public service. These efforts have had local, state and national impacts and a profound influence on his students.
The author has also been a consultant to business and industry, a civic organizer and a public policy advocate both in New Jersey and nationally.
His editorial journalism is tremendously enriched by these many endeavors and by the expertise he has accumulated over a lifetime of achievement.
Section I: EDUCATION
Public School Systems Can Succeed (Blue-Collar Scholars)
Math Ability May Be Innate (Johnny Can't Do the Math)
Learning the Arts of War and Peace On Grammar School Playgrounds
Cheating in College (Diplomas With Dishonor)
The Grade Inflation Problem (Excess of Excellence)
High Drop-Out Rates in College (Ghosts at Graduation)
Colleges Get a Failing Grade
New Leadership Programs
The College of the Future (The Pinnacle College)
The Lost Art of Writing
American History is Disappearing
Section II: AMERICAN CULTURE
The Heart of Christmas[My Generation Goes Gold
Online Dating (Computer Cupid)
The Homeless are Not Helpless
Athletics Can Create Real Heroes (Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?)
Violence and Video Games
State Lotteries: Like Candy for Babies
The Devolution of Language and Thought (Comspeak)
American Society is Advancing to a Halt
Identity Theft (Losing My Identity in College)
The Spirit of Appomattox: A Healing Cure for Our Culture Wars
Section III: GLOBALISM
Realities and Myths of Globalism (The Triumph of Globalism is Not Pre-Ordained)
The Papacy in the Global Age
New Economic Thinking Required for Global Leadership
Globalism and the U.S. Manufacturing Economy
America's Trade Deficits (Little Steel Monuments, Big Trade Deficits)
Globalization of the Summer Job
Hawaii in Global Perspective (Paradise Found, Lost and Bought)
Libya at the Crossroads of War and Diplomacy
Obama and the Anti-Colonial Issue
The London Riots of 2011 (A Midsummer Night's Madness)
Occupy Wall Street and Senior Citizen Activists
Section IV: ECONOMICS
The Rise and Fall of Millennial Capitalism
There is No Legacy in Labor
Savers Need a Break
Savers' Side Economics
Everybody Wants Your Money
The Financial Collapse of 2008 (The Little Mortgage that Could Destroy the Global Economy)
Are Bosses Kings and Queens?
The Nature of Poverty (Poverty is Relative, Wealth is Absolute)
Tax Day Perspectives on the Inequality of Wealth
Section V: POLITICS
War and Peace
Political Corruption as Old as Civilization
Unicameral Legislatures Can Cure Ills of State Governments
Cyber Politics and Celebrity (Obama More Popular Than Jesus on the Web)
An American Resolution (Fixing America for 2009)
The Future of Citizenship in America (Immigrants Should Earn the Privileges of Citizenship)
Who Makes the Law in America?
Reforming the Electoral College
Can American Civilization Collapse?
Lincoln's New Jersey Connections
Section VI: 9/11
Everyone a Soldier
Leadership in the Aftermath of 9/11
Statesmen of Science
The New Olympians
America Needs Volunteers