Erin Buzuvis (WNE): Illich, Education, and The Wire. Adam J. Kretz (Stanford): A Right to Sexual Orientation Privacy: Strengthening Protections for Minors Who are “Outed” in Schools. From the latest issue of The Atlantic Monthly, a special section on American schools. From Aggregation Magazine, Emily Burke on the education system. Portraits of classrooms around the world: A revealing lens on a system-phenomenon both global in reach and strikingly local in degree of diversity. Is every single subject taught in high school a mistake? Not so hot for teacher: How did fictional educators go from “To Sir, With Love” to “Breaking Bad”? Felix Salmon on what education reformers did with student surveys. Timothy Noah on how charter schools fleece taxpayers. Is putting boys and girls in separate classrooms legal? Heather McDonald on how the Obama administration undermines classroom order in pursuit of phantom racism. From Texas Monthly, John Spong on the confessions of a seventh-grade Texas history teacher. From First Things, Brian Douglas on five temptations for classical Christian education. Here are 14 wacky "facts" kids will learn in Louisiana's voucher schools. Leah Binkovitz on why students give teachers apples.
Gabriella Blum (Harvard): The Crime and Punishment of States. Meike de Goede reviews Local Peacebuilding and National Peace: Interaction between Grassroots and Elite Processes by Christopher R. Mitchell and Landon E. Hancock. From New Geography, Rob Sentz on the emerging professional, scientific, and technical sector. A dictionary of thousands of words chronicling the everyday lives of people in ancient Egypt has been completed. Why are presidents less effective than prime ministers? Using game theory to model political systems leads to surprising insights. Steven Cherry interviews Stanley Rothman, author of Sandlot Stats: Learning Statistics With Baseball. Meet the Euro-sherpas, the hired hands who do the heavy lifting at EU summits and have the ear of the big leaders who shape policy in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. Why genes don’t predict voting behavior: Evan Charney and William English on how gene variants don't count for much when it comes to complex behaviors. Linda Rodriguez McRobbie on 5 historical manias that gripped societies, then disappeared.
From New Scientist, a tour of our fundamental understanding of the world around us, starting with an attempt to define reality and ending with the idea that whatever reality is, it isn’t what it seems. David Berman on the ten dimensions of string theory (and part 2). The measurement that would reveal the universe as a computer simulation: If the cosmos is a numerical simulation, there ought to be clues in the spectrum of high energy cosmic rays, say theorists. Digging up the early universe: Cosmologists are uncovering relics from the dawn of time, letting them look back almost all the way to the Big Bang. The universe is almost done making stars: Star formation is now 30 times lower than at its peak 11 billion years ago. Constructor theory: David Deutsch on how many mathematicians to this day don't realize that information is physical and that there is no such thing as an abstract computer — only a physical object can compute things. Clay Dillow goes inside the largest simulation of the universe ever created: A giant supercomputer is making massively detailed models of the cosmos. Should 16–18 year olds be taught modern physics such as quantum mechanics?
Pratheepan Gulasekaram (Santa Clara): Why a Wall? Robert D. Kaplan on how the border is vanishing as Mexico pushes north: Like it or not, Mexico is pushing north into the United States. Will Braun on the little imperialist on the prairie: From the very first page, Laura Ingalls Wilder gets it wrong. Languages are continually changing, not just words but also grammar: A recent study examines how such changes happen and what the changes can tell us about how speakers' grammars work. A look at how some bilingualisms are more equal than others. Who needs intellectuals? Kepa Artaraz on how it is at the time when the debate about who constitutes an intellectual seems to have finally come to an end that new champions of social change are needed more than ever. Richard Simmons reviews Exits, Voices and Social Investment: Citizens’ Reaction to Public Services by Keith Dowding and Peter John. The books that inspired John Van Reenen: “I think I always enjoy reading Conservative thinkers more than leftist ones. It’s much more fun to have books that really challenge your positions rather than confirming your prejudices”.
From Tikkun, a special section on Christianity Without the Cross? Robert Alter on how to read the King James Bible: A review essay. Melanie Howard reviews Bible Trouble: Queer Reading at the Boundaries of Biblical Scholarship, ed. Teresa J. Hornsby and Ken Stone. The introduction to Inheriting Abraham: The Legacy of the Patriarch in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Jon D. Levenson. When did Christians stop seeking martyrdom? Christianity's founder was a martyr, not Islam's. An interview with John Ortberg, author of Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus. Panayotis Coutsoumpos reviews Jesus and His World: The Archaeological Evidence by Craig A. Evans. Was Jesus married? Peter Berger investigates. From Geez, William O’Brien on Jesus the racist. Gary Cass says "you can't be a Christian if you don't own a gun". How should Christians date? Nicole Unice on why it's time to simplify the puzzle of Christian romance. Why are religious people so fertile? Tom Rees investigates. Emma Smith reviews Why Are Women More Religious Than Men? by Marta Trzebiatowska and Steve Bruce.