Newark, New Jersey, may have been an idyllic American pastoral in the days of Philip Roth's youth, but you wouldn't want to be a kid there in this century. Drugs, gangs, and the 70 percent single-motherhood rate aside, education had become ancillary to the purpose of Newark public schools. Described by one observer as "a candy store that's a front for a gambling operation," the money that came with control of the schools was the "prize" that urban Democrats fought to possess.
Mayor Cory Booker promised to be a new breed of Democrat and saw in the Newark schools a new kind of prize: a laboratory to test and prove the promise of radical education reform. Republican governor Chris Christie was eager to shake up the status quo andRead more
After Barack Obama’s reelection, the Republicans went through the familiar soul-searching motions. If they had only been true to their conservative principles, they would have won the argument, and thus the election. Or maybe if they had moderated here and there, they would have swayed more independents. Maybe their policy platform was too radical. Maybe it was too stale.Read more
At its annual conference on Thursday, the Modern Language Association (MLA) will hold a kangaroo-court panel discussion called, “Academic Boycotts: A Conversation about Israel and Palestine.” A few days later the MLA will vote on an anti-Israel resolution that would condemn Israel for the “arbitrary denial of entry to Gaza and the West Bank” of foreign academics.Read more
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