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Suzanne Fields

Articles by Suzanne Fields

Banker Follows Graduates Illustration by William Brown

Digitizing the authentic education

Thousands of moms and dads, following the script written into an autumn ritual of the middle class, are preparing to say farewell to the sons and daughters they've loved, nurtured and tried to civilize for nearly two decades. Published August 27, 2014

Bogart and Bacall in "To Have and Have Not."

'Death be not proud'

Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall join this year's roster of celebrity deaths. Their names and fame preoccupy us in public mourning, though most of us were no closer to them in life than to a movie or television screen. Published August 20, 2014

Heart and Soul Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Starving the soul on campus

Some critics argue that the colleges are turning students into intellectual zombies, never touching their souls. Published August 13, 2014

Illustration on child marriage and sexual abuse by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A 'war' everyone can cheer

The "Republican war on women" is a fiction extracted from the imaginations of Democratic campaign strategists and endorsed by President Obama. Published August 6, 2014

Ellar Coltrane and Ethan Hawke in "Boyhood"

FIELDS: A tale of a boy, a Bible and a gun

Social conservatives feel betrayed by the popular culture, and why not? If Hollywood depicts someone with a gun or a Bible, he's a figure of ridicule. Published July 23, 2014

A video presentation at the opening ceremonies of the National 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York on May 15th of this year     Associated Press photo

FIELDS: Living history at ground zero

Sometimes derided in what New Yorkers call "flyover country," Gotham is nevertheless a microcosm of America with its many immigrant and ethnic cultures. Published July 16, 2014

Illustration on the four boys killed in Israel by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

FIELDS: A tale of two moralities

We weep for Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach, the three Jewish teenagers whose lives were cut short brutally because they chose to walk home from their religious school. Published July 9, 2014

Poetry Quill Pen Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

FIELDS: The politics of poetry

The other day a teacher of a ninth-grade English class at an elite private school in the nation's capital asked students who had transferred from public schools to list the poets they had studied. Published June 18, 2014

Illustration on national reexamination of the Common Core curriculum by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

FIELDS: Common critics for Common Core

America was swamped a generation ago by "the rising tide of mediocrity," in the apt phrase of Ronald Reagan's National Commission on Excellence in Education. Published June 11, 2014

Illustration on Shakespeare in America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

FIELDS: Shakespeare's diversity in America

If Shakespeare were alive and invited to give the commencement address at a major American university, the favorite spring sport on campus would explode with loud and shrill protest. Published May 14, 2014

"Kindred Spirits" by Asher B. Durand

FIELDS: A walk through Alice's wonderland

When Alice Walton, the Wal-Mart heiress and second-richest woman in America, decided to build a Museum of American Art in her hometown deep in the Arkansas Ozarks, no one questioned her ability to spend money. Published May 7, 2014

Illustration on Rome and Jewish Catholic history by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

FIELDS: Roman reflections on popes' canonization

Rome is "the Eternal City," and it's eternally an inspiration, and particularly this year during Holy Week and the run-up to the canonization of not one, but two new Roman Catholic saints, and both of them popes. Published April 30, 2014

Illustration of Vladimir Putin by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

FIELDS: A cold German spring for Merkel and Putin

Berlin enjoyed an unusually warm winter, but the blast of frigid air ushering in spring seems especially suited to accompany the changing attitudes many Germans express in their view of a restive world. Published April 23, 2014