From Education, Franklin Thompson and William Austin (Nebraska): The Gender Role Perceptions of Male Students at a Prestigious, Single-gender, Catholic High School; and Kyle McCallumore, Ervin Sparapani (SVSU): The Importance of the Ninth Grade on High School Graduation Rates and Student Success in High School. Redesigning education: An article on rethinking the school corridor. Accountability in education is here to stay — but you try creating tests that equally suit Texans and Hawaiians. Forcing all high school students onto a college-prep track is not only wrong, it's dumb. The boys have fallen behind: Encouraging boys to read books about monsters and explosions could help improve their faltering verbal skills. Dana Goldstein on kids' dismal reading scores — and a movement to get them to put down Twilight and pick up nonfiction. Mark Bauerlein on avoidance of nonfiction in schools. A review of Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry by Todd Farley. A review of Free for All: Fixing School Food in America by Janet Poppendieck (and more and more and more). New insights into the nature of learning, memory, and intelligence may prove valuable in the classroom. Diane Ravitch on a new agenda for school reform (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education and a symposium at TNR). Education in Nihilism: A broadside on a political and social structure that undermines free public education at every opportunity. A review of Public Education — America’s Civil Religion: A Social History by Carl Bankston and Stephen Caldas. An interview with Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America.


Jonathan B. Tucker (Monterey): The Future of Chemical Weapons. From Strategic Studies Quarterly, Phillip M. McCauley and Rodger A. Payne (Louisville): The Illogic of the Biological Weapons Taboo. Johnny Golding (Greenwich): Fractal Philosophy (and the small matter of learning how to listen): Attunement as the Task of Art. Here are sample chapters from Measuring Justice Primary Goods and Capabilities, ed. Harry Brighouse and Ingrid Robeyns. A review of The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community by Diana Pavlac Glyer and Narnia and the Fields of Arbol: The Environmental Vision of C.S. Lewis by Matthew Dickerson and David O'Hara. How will the Obama administration respond to a formal complaint in the wake of serious black-on-Asian violence at South Philadelphia High School? A review of The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar (and more and more and more). How Turkey manufactured a coup plot: The case of Cetin Dogan, a prominent Turkish Army general accused of conspiring against the government, suggests an ominous future for the country's democracy. A bushel of facts about the uniqueness of human pubic hair. An interview with Ben Wildavsky, author of The Great Brain Race: How Global Universities Are Reshaping the World (and more). Anthony de Jasay on the justice that overrules the rules of justice. The Las Vegas Sun deconstructs the facade of John Ensign. From Vanity Fair, with an insider’s look at the recent travails of several noble families, including his own, Charles Spencer fears for the future of stately homes — like Althorp, seat of the Spencers since 1508. A review of The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life Makes It Hard to Be Happy by Michael Foley. Fuck Church: Japan’s Little Pebble commune shows God how it’s done.


From Harvard International Review, an interview with Chris Foote on reassessing the financial crisis; is it 1848 all over again? Gustavo de las Casas on the unexpected geopolitical implications of today’s recession; beyond Keynesianism: Justin Lin on the necessity of a globally coordinated solution; will Facebook remake the world? John Feffer on the impact of social networking on global governance, reform, and revolution — or are we headed toward a Somalian future? An interview with Karin Von Hippelby. What crisis?: It seemed logical to expect that the economic crisis of 2008 would throw millions of people around the world back into poverty — but it hasn't really happened. Global wellbeing surveys find nations worlds apart: Ten percent or lower are "thriving" in 41 of 155 countries or areas. Here’s something you don’t see every day: One of the most influential promoters of market fundamentalist “free trade” policies admitting that he screwed up big time. A review of Losing the Global Development War: A Contemporary Critique of the IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO by John W. Head. A review of Forced to Be Good: Why Trade Agreements Boost Human Rights by Emilie Hafner-Burton. A review of Global Responsibility for Human Rights: World Poverty and the Development of International Law by Margot Salomon (and Salomon on global economic policy and human rights: Three sites of disconnection). And the poor get poorer: An article on the economics of higher global temperatures. Make birth control, not war: The human tendency toward war is based on biology, but the right family planning policies can redirect the world toward peace. Swedish professor Hans Rosling uses a few Lego blocks to explain population growth and global development challenges.


Robert Pippin (Chicago): Participants and Spectators. From GQ, according to Lou Dobbs, we've been completely wrong about him; Jeanne Marie Laskas meets the man we thought we knew. A review of The Stag Hunt and the Evolution of Social Structure by Brian Skyrms. Godfather of the e-reader: Look past Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos to the forgotten Bob Brown and his 1930s reading machine. Benjamin Kunkel reviews Valences of the Dialectic by Fredric Jameson. From Paris Hilton to John Edwards, celebrity sex tapes are the signature art form of our age. Madison Smartt Bell reviews Kissing the Mask: Beauty, Understatement and Femininity in Japanese Noh Theater, with some thoughts on Muses (especially Helga Testorf), Transgender Women, Kabuki Goddesses, Porn Queens, Poets, Housewives, Makeup Artists, Geishas, Valkyries and Venus Figurines by William T. Vollmann (and an excerpt and an interview). Rum and Hope: Haiti’s famed Barbancourt rum factory has survived by taking self-sufficiency to an extreme. A review of 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About by Joshua Clover (and more and more). Bless this mess: Molly Young wades through the shit with the disaster masters. Ought implies can: Steven Horwitz on how ethical pronouncements without economics lead to diastrous public policies. Erin Manning on her book Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy. What civilizes us? James V. Schall, S. J. investigates. The Rubik's Cube is 30: Happy birthday to the colorful, 3x3x3 battle between order and chaos. Michael Henry Adams on Thomas Hoving, Wendy Burden and the end of elite privilege. Backyard fiction: Dean Blumberg on the Great American Myth of Suburbia. How have hominids adapted to past climate change? A review of The Tyranny of Guilt by Pascal Bruckner.


From Bookforum, Robert P. Baird reviews Mentors, Muses & Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives, ed. Elizabeth Benedict; and Nicole Lanctot reviews Heavy Rotation: Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives, ed. Peter Terzian. "Neuro lit crit" is the study of how great writing affects the hard wiring inside our heads — but can we decode the artistic impulse? A look at the 5 most disappointing film adaptations of kids’ books. Lewis Carroll's shifting reputation: Why has popular opinion of the author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland undergone such a dramatic reversal? Writing circle: Nick Mamatas can't read enough literary biographies. From Bomb, Justin McNeil reviews The Novel: an Alternative History, Beginnings to 1600 by Steven Moore: "Think of it as B.D.Q., or Before Don Quixote”. Jay Nicorvo of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses takes the editor of Virginia Quarterly Review to task over his article on what’s killing literary fiction — the writers aren’t the problem, it’s the editors. How to Write in 700 Easy Lessons: Richard Bausch on the case against writing manuals. Lost literature, the unknown unknowns: The stories behind great writing that has lain forgotten, suppressed or invisible, are often the most fascinating. Reading War and Peace: Kevin Hartnett on the effects of great art on an ordinary life. Epic endeavors: Daniel Mendelsohn on three novel takes on Greek myth. Nero’s fiddle, Gaddafi’s fiction: Legislators are more often the unacknowledged poets of the world than vice versa. An interview with Michael Silverblatt, host of LA radio station KCRW’s Bookworm, the premier literary forum in America. Minding the memory: David Jays on how literary estates shape artists’ legacies, for good or ill.

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