I am sitting in the back seat of a polished black sedan accompanied by four Japanese men wearing copycat dark suits, white shirts, and navy blue ties. The chauffeur is a rough looking man and he is wearing a pair of white gloves. I am heading to a meeting with the governor of Chiba Prefecture but feel as though I am the unwilling passenger in some Japanese gangster movie. The car's trunk is large enough to accommodate my American body, and Tokyo Bay can be seen in the distance. The man sitting in front of me is the governor's secretary- ...

After a recent trip to Japan, Anthony Mullen concludes that Americans aren't necessarily trailing the rest of the world in math and science.

The young marine from The Bronx listened to the lean sergeant talk about the invasion of Japan. The Gunnery Sergeant did not need to remind the group of battle weary marines that any attempt to land on Japan proper would be met with fierce resistance. The Pacific island hopping campaign had proven the Japanese Imperial Army would sacrifice all to prevent an invasion of their homeland. The lives of hundreds of thousands of Japanese and American soldiers were lost on mostly obscure coral atolls and volcanic spits of land, and military analysts were projecting similar or greater numbers of casualties ...

A trip to Disney's Magic Kingdom has Anthony Mullen thinking about the dangers of children who become socially isolated from their peers.

Seventy percent of children with severe emotional disabilities will drop out and three-quarters of them could end up in jail, according to Anthony Mullen.

Anthony Mullen confronts the difficult subject of teenage suicide following his trip to Pierre, S.D., formerly known as "Suicide City."

I am sitting in the back of a taxi heading to the French Quarter. The drive to my hotel is bumpy. The driver glanced at me from the rearview mirror. "You always know when you're getting near the French Quarter because the roads are bad," he remarked. "Roads were bad before Katrina, now they're a lot worse." The roads leading to the heart and soul of New Orleans are indeed rough, but so are some of the neighborhoods I see outside the cab windows. I pass rows of decrepit houses and stores, many abandoned and shuttered with closet doors. I ...

Growing up in New York City presented many challenges but one of them was not dealing with snakes. I fear snakes. The very word snake elicits a creepy, tingling sensation around my ankles. But what benign synonym do I substitute for snake? "Hey, look at that serpent crawling toward our tent." No, I am not writing a blog about snakes or ophiophobia. The focus of my blog is about the poor condition of some of our nation's schools. Snakes just happened to literally slither into the story. I am standing outside a two-story wood frame building that leans to the ...

I am sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial scraping an Italian ice with a wooden spoon. I find myself here almost every time I visit our nation's capital. The city has many beautiful monuments and each is unique in purpose and meaning to visitors. The war memorials command reverence and can make a grown man cry, visitors gasp while looking up at the Washington Monument, and although only a few people can find the Jefferson Memorial on the first try, there is no more beautiful place to be during the cherry blossom season. But the memorial to the ...

While purported to be a blessing the ancient Chinese proverb "May you live in interesting times" may be a curse. Teachers certainly live in interesting times but we are plague with much turmoil in our professional lives. The seemingly endless discussion about designing national standards is one of the many inflictions cast upon teachers. I have been traveling extensively throughout the United States listening to academics, government officials, and policy makers talk about the need to implement a set of academic standards that will best serve the needs of over 60 million students. The goal is to homogenize 50 state ...


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