From Monthly Review, Dan DiMaggio on the loneliness of the long-distance test scorer. We need to begin to explore what an education reveille for radicals, to borrow a phrase from Saul Alinsky, would look like. A review of Montessori, Dewey, and Capitalism: Educational Theory for a Free Market in Education by Jerry Kirkpatrick. The first chapter from Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School by Shamus Rahman Khan. The education reform book is dead — long live education reform. Does Teach for America work?: A review of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn't in Providing an Excellent Education for All by Wendy Kopp (and more). Race to the Bottom: Diane Ravitch says "school reformers" scapecoat teachers, ignore poverty. Teaching Teachers: How well are colleges meeting the challenge? A review of Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory by Jonathan Zimmerman. The Overselling of Education: We need a better-educated citizenry, but the cure for increasing inequality lies elsewhere. A look at the 5 biggest myths about school vouchers. Homeschoolers like to think of themselves as patriotic trailblazers, but what it really means is they don’t teach their kids about sex, evolution, or global warming. Many teachers see demands to cut their pay, benefits and say in how schools are run as attacks not just on their livelihoods, but on their value — why blame the teachers? Other countries pay their teachers more — and we want to start paying ours less? An ingenious way to get kids to eat healthy: Give cafeterias a psychology lesson. Common curriculum for public schools is supported by bipartisan group. A review of The Same Thing Over and Over: How School Reformers Get Stuck in Yesterday’s Ideas by Frederick M. Hess.
A new issue of the Cato Journal is out. Andras Sajo (CEU): Empathy and Human Rights: The Case of Slavery. From The Village Voice, an interview with Dov Charney, CEO of American Apparel. Joel S. Hirschhorn on why so many Americans hate Obama. Budgetary Hemlock: Nevada seeks to eliminate philosophy. Waitin' for the Syndrome: Frank Jacobs on a rock and roll map of Manhattan. From The University Bookman, a review of Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G. K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte; and an interview with Gary L. Gregg, the Mitch McConnell Chair in Leadership at the University of Louisville. America's Jane Austen dating methods: It is shameful to see America, the once great superpower, basing its dating methods on ye olde British customs. A review of Sexual Injustice: Supreme Court Decisions from Griswold to Roe by Marc Stein. Coolie revolts: An excerpt from The Devil’s Milk: A Social History of Rubber by John Tully. Researchers from Nottingham University Business School say their survey proves it’s time for the city to re-embrace its most famous, albeit probably mythical, hero. A review of I is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How it Shapes the Way We See the World by James Geary. Robert de Neufville on how gas is still cheap in the US. Richard Holbrooke was famous for negotiating an end to the war in the Balkans in 1995, but he died before he could complete what seemed an impossibly difficult final assignment: bringing peace to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Why do people think they can see ghosts, ghoulies and gods? Richard Wiseman explains. An excerpt from Craving Earth: Understanding Pica — the Urge to Eat Clay, Starch, Ice, and Chalk by Sera Young. Polluters have the tech they need to reduce toxic mercury and make Americans healthier.
Kenneth Vail (Missouri), Matt Motyl (Virginia), Abdolhossein Abdollahi (Limerick), and Tom Pyszczynski (Colorado): Dying to Live: Terrorism, War, and Defending One's Way of Life. Matt Motyl (Virginia) and Tom Pyszczynski (Colorado): An Analysis of the Existential Underpinnings of the Cycle of Terrorist and Counterterrorist Violence and Pathways to Peaceful Resolutions. Robert Braun (Amsterdam): Diffusing Human Bombs: The Role of Cultural Resonance in the Spread of Suicide Terrorism. Al-Qaeda is putting the final touches to plans to recruit, train and launch Western Caucasians in their countries. Jack Goldsmith on how there is no quick way to dispel the legal murk surrounding terror detainees, but these five ideas could let in some light. A review of The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda by Peter Bergen (and more and more and more and more). The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: You don't know his name, and you've never seen his face, but this year, as America leaves Iraq for good after eight years of war, we also leave behind a man believed by our military and intelligence agencies to be the best terrorist hunter alive. A review of Osama bin Laden by Michael Scheuer (and more and more). An interview with Matthew Alexander, author of Kill or Capture: How a Special Operations Task Force Took Down a Notorious Al Qaeda Terrorist. Can Al Qaeda survive the revolts? Bruce Riedel on how the revolutions will affect the future of global jihad (and more). Research suggests systematically more foreign attacks on Americans come from nations which are more militarily dependent on US military aid, US arms imports and US personnel stationed there. The Boy from Gitmo: Mohammed Jawad became a man in a military prison — and then we set him free (and more).