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Posts in category “America”

Peter King and the Hawks’ Hysterical Attacks on Rand Paul

Those accusing the Kentucky senator of fear-mongering should look in the mirror.

Posted April 17th, 2014

Rousseau’s American Heirs Fight the Final Prejudice

Joseph Bottom’s An Anxious Age has stirred up quite a debate over …

Posted April 17th, 2014

Building Conservative Prison Reform

Talk of bipartisan prison form has rallied spirits in Washington in recent …

Posted April 17th, 2014

Bard College Declares War on Admissions Rigmarole

I once tutored a student who could write an A+ essay, and …

Posted April 11th, 2014

Here’s the “Missing” Evidence for S.D.’s Sex-Selective Abortion Ban

Culture war ideologies are ill-equipped to mount real defenses of the vulnerable.

Posted April 1st, 2014

Why Do Americans Drink Coffee?

The way you drink, where you drink, how you drink—all becomes part of your persona.

Posted March 27th, 2014

Why Finland’s Educational Model Is More Conservative Than Ours

Advocates of education reform have pointed to Finland consistently over the past …

Posted March 18th, 2014

Common Core & Globalization: Fact and Fiction, Part VI

Indiana is set to dump the Common Core standards, after a proposal …

Posted March 14th, 2014

Common Core and Teachers: Fact and Fiction, Part IV

Question: Does Common Core’s focus on skills and test results hurt teachers? …

Posted March 12th, 2014

Common Core and “Informational Texts”: Fact and Fiction, Part III

As part of a continuing discussion on the myths and truths surrounding …

Posted March 11th, 2014

Common Core and Data Mining: Fact and Fiction Part II

Thoughtful commenters on last week’s “Fact and Fiction at CPAC Common Core …

Posted March 10th, 2014

Housing the Homeless in Hipsterville

Gentrification has consequences, as Ed Leibowitz’s Wednesday piece in  Politico Magazine makes clear. …

Posted March 6th, 2014

Arizona’s Discrimination Fight and the Politics of Tolerance

“Religious Right Cheers a Bill Allowing Refusal to Serve Gays.” Thus did the …

Posted February 25th, 2014

Liberalism’s (Un)Limited Government

Why is it that today’s liberals have become the most ardent cheerleaders …

Posted February 20th, 2014

Olympic Failure: Bode Miller’s Interview and American Sensationalism

The awful interview was just giving Americans what they really want.

Posted February 18th, 2014

Of Plato and iPads: Should We Use Technology in the Classroom?

Elise Italiano fears that the push to “personalize” education through technology will, …

Posted February 14th, 2014

Understanding Fuddy-Duddy Beatle Haters

They didn’t so much push musical boundaries as consolidate advances.

Posted February 11th, 2014