From Public Agenda, a report on Teaching for a Living: How Teachers See the Profession Today. Who needs mathematicians for math, anyway? The ed schools' pedagogy adds up to trouble. Skewed perspective: What we know about teacher preparation at elite education schools. Grade the teachers: A way to improve schools, one instructor at a time. From CT, a review of Homeschool: An American History by Milton Gaither; a review of Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform Since Sputnik by Chester E. Finn, Jr.; The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need — And What We Can Do About It by Tony Wagner; and The Street Stops Here: A Year at a Catholic High School in Harlem by Patrick McCloskey. From Education Review, a review of So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence of Failure in Urban Schools by Charles Payne; and a review of Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity by Marc Lamont Hill. Can separate be equal?: The classroom is where poor and middle-class kids should meet — to the benefit of both. Learning separately: Peter Meyer on the case for single-sex schools. Learning for a living: Liam Julian writes in defense of vocational ed. Sol Stern on E. D. Hirsch’s curriculum for democracy: A content-rich pedagogy makes better citizens and smarter kids. What Johnny needs to learn about Islam: Texas, Florida, and California revise their textbook standards. If you could create your own high-school curriculum, what would it look like? Robert McHenry on freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years.


From National Review, Mark Falcoff on a list of political terms in common usage that are, in fact, private definitions, as Orwell calls them. From The Observer, Martin Amis interviews Roman Polanski. From NYRB, Ingrid Rowland on when heaven was more interesting than hell. Jane Hamsher leads left away from White House. From Paste, here's a look at the evolution of the hipster. Kick Start: How the hell is Johannesburg going to be ready to host the World Cup next year? Marc Hauser on how it seems biology (not religion) equals morality. The Cinemascope Spectacular of Books: A volume big and obsessive enough to contain Stanley Kubrick’s never-made masterpiece, Napoleon. An article on Comcast-NBC: The end of everything we knew — or not! What do Levi Johnston, evangelicals and Oprah have in common? They all blind us to what really matters. A review of The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire by Edward Luttwak (and more). Rrrowl: Beware cougar's young niece, the cheetah (and a response: Sexism sells — but is knowing that supposed to make it less offensive?). From Wired's GeekDad, a look at 11 ways geeks measure the world; and here's an open letter to Hollywood: Stop ruining our childhood memories! Baltimore mayor Sheila Dixon may be acquitted of all charges leveled against her, but her tawdry behavior and questionable ethics live on forever digitally. The coolness of strangers: Travel writers love to celebrate the kindness of strangers — Tom Swick considers the silent, unheeding majority. Dave Zirin on how Tiger Woods deserves scrutiny, but not for his love life.


Greenland is warming up: The glaciers of the world’s biggest island are speeding up and its ice sheet is disappearing at a rate faster and more worrying than science predicted. The Arctic may be down to its last few summers of being white; Johann Hari, in Greenland, asks hunters and scientists how climate change really feels. The final meltdown: Four weighty books lament the impending death of the old Arctic. When the glacier left: In surprising ways, a Himalayan village adapts to a changing climate. Curbing carbon, sustaining development: Darrel Moellendorf on the tensions in climate change mitigation. Rewiring our future: Robert Evans on fighting climate change with electric power. You can download Upsetting the Offset: The Political Economy of Carbon Markets, ed. Steffen Bohm and Siddhartha Dabhi. From FP, an excerpt from The Global Deal: Climate Change and the Creation of a New Era of Progress and Prosperity by Nicholas Stern; ClimateGate supposedly reveals a scientific world gone corrupt, but really shows a political world gone mad; and has the "ClimateGate scandal" shifted our fundamental understanding of global warming? Climatologist Michael MacCracken says no. An article on the mass psychology of climate change: Scientists need "attitude". Joss Garman on how climate change deniers cost the earth. Politicians are fiddling while the planet burns — what's a voter to do? James Hansen wants to know. Will big business save the Earth? Jared Diamond wonders. To really save the planet, stop going green. Climate change is inevitable, it’s time to adapt: The really inconvenient truth — we’re toast.


From Dissent, is Obama's war in Afghanistan Just? Michael Walzer investigates. Why is the Feminist Majority Foundation refusing to abandon the women and girls of Afghanistan? Why feminists love the surge: The only way to help Afghan women is for the US to stay for the long haul. Does it matter which countries contribute to NATO's Afghanistan contingent? If a war's worth fighting, isn't it worth paying for? The new anti-war Right: If Obama thinks the left is rapidly abandoning him on Afghanistan, wait till he sees the Republican defectors. From Policy Review, Amitai Etzioni on bottom-up nation building: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. From The Nation, Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater's secret war in Pakistan: Inside sources reveal that the firm works with the US military in Karachi to plan targeted assassinations and drone bombings, among other sensitive counterterrorism operations. From Vanity Fair, tycoon, contractor, soldier, spy: Erik Prince, recently outed as a participant in a CIA assassination program, has gained notoriety as head of Blackwater — lashing back at his critics, the former navy SEAL reveals the role he’s been playing in America’s war on terror. Does terrorism work?: A review of Terrorism: How to Respond by Richard English. Surprising study on terrorism: Al-Qaida kills eight times more Muslims than non-Muslims. The wide green smudge that’s changing our world: A review of Forces of Fortune: The Rise of the Muslim Middle Class and What It Will Mean For Our World by Vali Nasr and The New Silk Road: How a Rising Arab World is Turning Away from the West and Rediscovering China by Ben Simpfendorfer.

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