A new issue of Education Review is out. Hennie Weiss reviews The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools by Jessie Klein. From The New Yorker, is homework worth it? Louis Menand wonders. Helen Epstein reviews How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough and Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America by Jonathan Kozol. What makes students care about politics? Eric Horowitz investigates. Abolish social studies: Born a century ago, the pseudo-discipline has outlived its uselessness. Andrew J. Coulson reviews The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan. Do we need to teach kids about LGBT people in our schools? Michael Abernethy wonders. John Schostak Ivor Goodson on what’s wrong with democracy at the moment and why it matters for research and education. Missing a “trillion”: How do we know if we are teaching the right things? Unbored: Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen on the power of “making” in the classroom. J.F. Sargent on 5 ways high school really does suck (according to science).
Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern): Darwall, Habermas, and the Fluidity of Respect. From Law and Contemporary Problems, a special issue on Theological Argument in Law: Engaging with Stanley Hauerwas. The culture of the copy: James Panero on the printing press, the Internet and the impact of duplication. From New York, two decades after the Crown Heights riots, what is it like to be both black and an Orthodox Jew? From Philosophia, Tim McMynne on Frank Ramsey’s commitment to ideology. Conor Friedersdorf goes inside the conservative debate about why Mitt Romney lost. Is there anything that can be done to mitigate future episodes of end-time hysteria? The convergence of civilizations: Charles Kenny on how the oft-predicted "clash of civilizations" has not materialized — if anything, values are converging across cultures. Researchers have discovered that a Venezuelan pitcher plant uses wettable hairs to create a water slide that causes insect to slide to their deaths. For every speech, there are a bunch of versions that ended up on the writers’ room floor — here are 12 speeches that were written but, for a variety of reasons, never delivered.
Michael Bang Petersen and Lene Aaroe (Aarhus): Is the Political Animal Politically Ignorant? Applying Evolutionary Psychology to the Study of Political Attitudes. John R. Chambers (Florida) and Jacob Westfall, Charles M. Judd, and Leaf Van Boven (Colorado): The Exaggeration of Political Polarization in America. L. Randall Wray (Missouri): A Meme for Money (“This paper argues that the usual framing of discussions of money, monetary policy, and fiscal policy plays into the hands of conservatives”.) What do you mean, "both sides?" Partisan polarization is still an asymmetrical phenomenon. Philip Stephens on the new prisoners of ideology: The parties of the right have forsaken centrist appeal. Research suggests conservatives can be persuaded to care more about environmental issues when couched in terms of fending off threats to “purity”. Why seemingly decent people are so divided on politics: An interview with Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. A new study on Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia shows how interaction among users proclaiming political affiliation is more cross party than previously imagined. Charles Davis on the summer camp that made him a commie.
A new issue of the Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security is out. Douglas L. Rogers (OSU): After Prometheus, Are Human Genes Patentable Subject Matter? Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths): The Uses of the Useless: Political Philosophies of Unemployment. Chavismo after Chavez: Javier Corrales on the race to claim the mantle of Venezuela's Revolution. Copy of sex manual banned for 200 years goes on sale, but there's little to make modern readers blush. Richard Sisk on how the Bagram jail in Afghanistan is a “tougher problem than Guantanamo”. It is striking to what degree the Washington establishment has come to normalize Republican hostage-taking of the debt limit, to see it as a predictable and almost natural element of the political landscape. If sometimes you need to acknowledge your victories and give yourself a little pat on the back, get yourself a brag partner. Salmaan Khan reviews The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century by James Cairns and Alan Sears. The healing power of Batman, and other great tales from academia: Joel Smith on the 12 most interesting things we learned in 2012.
Taimie L. Bryant (UCLA): Virtue Ethics and Animal Law. Kimberley Hockings reviews Planet Without Apes by Craig B. Stanford. People are used to being asked to help save photogenic pandas, but are there animals whose strange appearance hinders conservation? Karl Baker reviews Animal Cities: Beastly Urban Histories. Why wild animals are moving into cities, and what to do about it. Brian Berkey reviews Personhood, Ethics, and Animal Cognition: Situating Animals in Hare's Two-Level Utilitarianism by Gary. E. Varner. Why are dogs racist? Canine experts speak. A life and death animal rights controversy: Barbara J. King on the story of Bill and Lou. Amanda Fiegl on the healing power of dogs: Canines bring comfort to Newtown survivors and others in crisis. Katie L. Burke reviews Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen. Costa Rica officially bans hunting, becoming the first Latin American country to outlaw the sport. What is the world’s most dangerous animal? Dan Nosowitz on 10 animals that are smarter than you think. Monte Richard on 5 shocking ways monkeys are just as dysfunctional as us. Brian Moylan on how you will never be as rich as these pets.
From Bloomberg Businessweek, Brendan Borrell on the Great Canadian Maple Syrup Heist. Andrew Reeves on Canada's roadmap to becoming a resource superpower. Why did they strike? A political generation gap — invisible to most Anglos — separates Quebec students and parents. FromThe Walrus, what’s green and white and loved all over? Robert Calder on the mystique of the Saskatchewan Roughriders; locking up offenders does little to prevent crime or make us safer: Daniel Baird on the history behind our impulse to punish; and Canada’s Most Unwanted: With rising infertility rates and the availability of foreign infants declining, some 30,000 children in government care have a better shot at finding a family. Scrapping welfare: Hugh Segal on the case for guaranteeing all Canadians an income above the poverty line. Virginia Galt on the changing face of the Canadian family. Rising anger of Canada's First Nations over living conditions. What's it going to take before Canada starts acting with integrity? Idling while Canada burns: Celia Brauer on lessons we can learn from First Nations. Daniel Davies identifies himself as a Canadatheist. BookThug has become a Canadian institution — publishing punk poetry and topping lit awards lists — on a DIY ethos and a shoestring budget.
A new issue of Europe’s Journal of Psychology is out, including Lutz Bornmann (Max Planck), Loet Leydesdorff (Amsterdam), and Gunter Krampen (Trier): Which Are the “Best” Cities for Psychology Research Worldwide? Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev is named corruption's “Person of the Year” by Transparency International. Daniel Byman and Benjamin Wittes on how Obama decides your fate if he thinks you're a terrorist: A look inside the "disposition matrix" that determines when — or if — the administration will pursue a suspected militant. Harold Bloom is God: A conversation about literature, Judaism, and the Almighty with the great Yale literary critic. Edge of the world: For one journalist embarking on a seven-year journey to retrace the footsteps of early humans, the biggest obstacles are man-made. Presidential encores have a reputation for being rocky, but there have been exceptions — and Obama’s new term could be one of them. Kristen Bahler on asexuality, the people’s choice for people who don't want anyone. From TLS, a review essay on Alan Turing by Michael Saler. C. Coville on 6 mind-blowing archeological discoveries destroyed by idiocy.
Betsy B. Baker and Sarah Mooney (Vermont): The Legal Status of Arctic Sea Ice in the United States and Canada. Donald Abelson reviews Canada/US and Other Unfriendly Relations Before and After 9/11 by Patricia Molloy. Shikha Dalmia on what Canada can teach the U.S. about immigration. Judith Jesch reviews In Search of First Contact: The Vikings of Vinland, the Peoples of the Dawnland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery by Annette Kolodny (and more). Vikings and Native Americans: Following a subtle trail of artifacts, a Canadian archaeologist searches for a lost chapter of New World history. Nancy Langston reviews An Environmental History of the Mississippi and Its Peoples, from Hernando de Soto to Hurricane Katrina by Christopher Morris. We are all treaty people: A movement called #IdleNoMore is sweeping across Canada and into the United States — where did this movement come from, and where is it going? Postcards from the coast: Scott Conarroe is on the edge of North America. Worthwhile Canadian Coolness: Sorry, America — your northern neighbor is hipper than you. Here is a map of every person in the U.S. and Canada — you may yourself among the 341,817,095 dots on the map. Matt Soniak on the little bit of Minnesota that could have gone Canadian.
Norman Williams (Willamette): Why the National Popular Vote Compact is Unconstitutional. Is globalization to blame for the war on female sexuality? Tracy Clark-Flory interviews David Jacobson, author of Of Virgins and Martyrs: Women and Sexuality in Global Conflict. Daniel Altman on why we won’t stop mass killings: We like them too much. Stephen Muecke reviews Inquiry into the Modes of Existence by Bruno Latour. On vampire capitalism and the fear of inoculation: Eula Biss on why efforts to contain disease are often seen as conspiracies to sell vaccines. Joel Robbins reviews An Anthropology of Ethics by James Faubion. Playing Indian: Endemic issue of indigenous stereotyping back in the spotlight. David Berreby on how statistics about groups tell you nothing about individuals. The S.H.A.M.E. Project profiles Charles Murray. According to research in the journal Science, people tend to underestimate how much their personalities and tastes will change in the future. Bruce Bartlett on the good news about big, bad government. Encyclopedia of World Problems has a big one of its own. M. Asher Cantrell on 12 letters that didn’t make the alphabet.
Mariano-Florentino Cuellar (Stanford): American Executive Power in Historical Perspective. Stephane Wolton (Chicago): Beyond Money: How Special Interest Groups Influence Policy Choices. James A. Gardner (SUNY-Buffalo): The Myth of State Autonomy: Federalism, Political Parties, and the National Colonization of State Politics. The federal-state crack-up: For decades, both Democrats and Republicans have been invested in governance schemes that have eroded the Constitution’s separation of powers. Gerrymandering isn’t the (only) problem: Redrawing district lines will never eliminate the unfair bias toward Republicans in House elections — here’s what will. The US Constitution is flawed but many Americans don't see it, says Alan Ryan. Can America be fixed? Fareed Zakaria on the new crisis of democracy. What if America’s best ideas were behind it? An interview with Tyler Cowen on the economic history underlying the current dysfunction. Welcome to the new Civil War: Lincoln's unfinished war rages on, as the neo-Confederacy tries to turn back the clock on women, gays, God and guns. Fewer Americans believe that our culture is superior to others — under President Obama, we’re becoming less American and more like those relativist, collectivist, socialist Europeans across the pond.