From NYRB, a review of Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools by Steven Brill (and more) and As Bad as They Say? Three Decades of Teaching in the Bronx by Janet Grossbach Mayer. War stories captivate middle school students, but is structuring history around its battles the best way to teach? Test scores and teacher evaluation: How teacher union contradictions led to the NEA’s historic endorsement. From the Claremont Review of Books, Diane Ravitch takes it all back — a review essay. Don’t have sex, you will get pregnant and die: Sexuality education in the United States has evolved to teach everything besides sex itself (and more). Why are Finland's schools successful? The country's achievements in education have other nations doing their homework. The introduction to Uneducated Guesses: Using Evidence to Uncover Misguided Education Policies by Howard Wainer. Saving Catholic education: Over 50 years, the U.S. Catholic school population has dropped by almost two-thirds. Should the school day be longer? There's "Room for Debate". A new study says putting boys and girls in different classrooms reinforces gender stereotypes — without helping anyone learn more. Why have homework? Beneath a pillar of our education system lies a troubling uncertainty. Is home economics class still relevant? Tough New York private schools try to lighten load: Some of New York City’s most competitive high schools, like Dalton, Trinity and Horace Mann, are working to address student stress. A review of The Right To Be Out: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in America's Public Schools by Stuart Biegel. From Cracked, here are 16 lessons you wish they'd taught in school; and a look at the 6 dumbest things schools are doing in the name of safety.

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