Samuel D. Rocha (UND): Unscientific Science and the Insignificance of "Significance": James, Kuhn, and Flyvbjerg. From Education Review, Robert L. Hampel on remembering history: An essay review of Testing Wars in the Public Schools by William J. Reese; and is this the education revolution we’ve been waiting for? Francis Schrag reviews The One World School House by Salman Khan. Nicholas Lemann on how Michelle Rhee misled education reform: "Michelle Rhee simply isn't interested in reasoning forward from evidence to conclusions". If the SAT were a key to all mythology: Monica Cohen on how the SAT is an affront to intellectual complexity. David Karp, who founded Tumblr and sold it to Yahoo for $1.1 billion, doesn’t even have a high school diploma, which raises the question: When is it OK for a wunderkind to drop out of school? Sarah Carr on getting real about high school: Millions of young people will never attend four-year colleges — America must do more to equip them to secure good jobs and live fulfilling lives. Should the school year be longer? A large-scale study throws cold water on a popular idea. The architect of school reform who turned against it: Sara Mosle on Diane Ravitch's second revolution. War on the Core: Bill Keller on the right-wing campaign to keep America stupid. What produces better students — reading in print or reading on-line? The answer is both.
Sherry Tehrani (Cal State-Northridge): Welcome to the Amazon: Leading Online Retail from Local Tax Avoidance into Your Backyard. Ryan A.I. Valentin (Kentucky): Milk and Other Intoxicating Choices: Official State Symbol Adoption. Don’t you dare say "disruptive": Judith Shulevitz on how it's the most pernicious cliche of our time. Benjamin Wittes on how there's a perfectly good NSA defense that the Obama Administration isn't making. Hamilton Nolan on why The Revolution will not be Vice, “an ever-expanding machine for selling counterculture cool to the world's largest and most mainstream corporations”. Jonathan Chait on how modern vote suppression is better than Jim Crow, still pretty bad. David Wong on 7 reasons the news looks worse than it really is. A Republican cancer survivor sends his party a message on Obamacare. John Cassidy on Obama, Egypt, and the limits of pragmatism. After Bloomberg: What kind of city is the Mayor leaving to his successor? Small but deadly: The biggest extinction in history was probably caused by a space rock that changed the climate. Adam and Eve lived in Africa at the same time — but probably never met, scientists claim. Adam Thorpe reviews The Summits of Modern Man: Mountaineering after the Enlightenment by Peter H. Hansen. Pankaj Mishra on how The Need for Roots brought home the modern era's disconnection with the past and the loss of community.
A new issue of the European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy is out. Robert J. Stainton (UWO): Philosophy of Linguistics. Uriah Kriegel (JNI): The Epistemological Challenge of Revisionary Metaphysics. Though it is common to lament the shortcomings of reading an important work in any language other than the original and of the “impossibility” of translation, works of philosophy (or literature for that matter — are they different?) in fact gain far more than they lose in translation. Alex Rosenberg is the mad dog proponent of nice nihilism who broods on the implications of naturalism. If Buddhism is a philosophy, it is often bad philosophy. Emily Drabble on how to teach philosophy. Philosophy of the Acrobat: Keith Ansell-Pearson reviews The Art of Philosophy: Wisdom as a Practice and You Must Change your Life by Peter Sloterdijk. Gerald Dworkin on philosophy and humor. Thomas Cathcart on philosophy in change and change in philosophy. Jason Costanzo reviews Philosophical Devices: Proofs, Probabilities, Possibilities, and Sets by David Papineau. Philosophy as a humanist discipline: On June 22, 2013, at Wadham College, Oxford, The New York Review held a free conference to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary and to honor the lives, work, and legacy of Isaiah Berlin, Stuart Hampshire and Bernard Williams. Does philosophy have a sexual harassment problem? Massimo Pigliucci wants to know.