Margaret Boyd (Stonehill): “I Love My Work But”: The Professionalization of Early Childhood Education. From The New York Times Magazine, a special issue on education. John Cook on the simple solution to the public schools crisis: Ban private schools. Abolish public schools: Kevin Carey reviews Ron Paul’s The School Revolution. Felix Salmon on why charitable donations to public schools are OK. Only a few countries are teaching children how to think: A review of The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley. My daughter’s homework is killing me: Karl Taro Greenfeld on what happens when a father, alarmed by his 13-year-old daughter's nightly workload, tries to do her homework for a week. American schools are failing nonconformist kids: Elizabeth Weil writes in defense of the wild child. New evidence: Nora Caplan-Bricker on how there is no science-education crisis. Olivia Blanchard on why she quit Teach for America: “Five weeks of training was not enough to prepare me for a room of 20 unruly elementary-schoolers”. The two faces of American education: Andrew Delbanco reviews Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools by Diane Ravitch and Radical: Fighting to Put Students First by Michelle Rhee. Robert L. Hampel reviews Testing Wars in the Public Schools: A Forgotten History by William J. Reese. Test our children well: Ezekiel J. Emanuel on why American schools need more testing, not less.