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.

When the starved beast bites back: Republicans are trying to create a fiscal crisis they may not survive. Daniel Flynn on Tea Partiers vs. Obama's Zombies. Liberals disappointed by Obama's drilling announcement criticize him for being too conservative, while conservatives have criticized him for being too liberal since day one — what's a president to do? A surge of hate: Antigovernment extremists are on the rise — and on the march. Archon Fung on a Tea Party for Obama: The power of mobilized independent citizens is easily forgotten and often denied by the Washington cognoscenti. With the help of Michael Steele’s blundering and a Supreme Court decision, the RNC — if not the Republicans — is fast losing its grip. What do Tea Party backers want? Sam Tanenhaus on The Radical Center: The Tea Party is new, but this is not the first time we’ve seen an angry populist politics emerge from the American middle class. I love Tax Day: Steve Almond on how he learned to stop being a lazy American and pay his part for what matters. Gene Lyons on Right-wing tax myths. The Tax Man Should Cometh: Stop worrying and love audits. The Right-wing revolutionaries: Marc Hujer and Thomas Schulz on how the Tea Party movement mirrors a deeply divided America. My country Right or Left: One problem with liberals is that they have no appreciation of the normal. How immigration reform could split the Right: If Democrats tackle the issue, they could provoke Tea Party-GOP warfare. Why some liberals can't seem to resist the new bad boys of American politics. Bankspeak: Facing Goldman-fueled outrage, is the GOP reading from the right script? Protect and Serve: Jesse Walker on the Oath Keepers' extremism in the defense of liberty. Who killed the Responsible Republican? Bill Kristol, of course.

Paul Krugman (Princeton): The New Economic Geography, Now Middle Aged. What are humanity's most pressing concerns, and will we overcome them? New Scientist asked the world's science academies (and more by Martin Rees). From The Atlantic Monthly, this is the story of how federal authorities blew the biggest anti-terror investigation of the past decade — and nearly destroyed an innocent man, Dr. Steven J. Hatfill; and unless America stops cheering The Biggest Loser and starts getting serious about preventing obesity, the country risks being overwhelmed by chronic disease and ballooning health costs (and more and more by Marc Ambinder). From FDL, a book salon on King of the Mountain: The Nature of Political Leadership by Arnold Ludwig. From n+1, fun photo party blog photo orgy blog. Tom Goldstein on the next Justice and what to expect in the coming months. Moroccan authorities have fallen out with the new wave of free writers: Bloggers. Rebecca Donner reviews A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert. Serbs face the future: They look at Kosovo with regret — and to Europe with hope. The introduction to The Cosmopolitan Imagination: The Renewal of Critical Social Theory by Gerard Delanty. Brian May is rich and famous as a rock guitarist and songwriter for Queen, but these days he is an animal activist, concerned with the welfare of badgers about to be killed in Wales. Clothes maketh the man — to pretend otherwise is to ignore who we are. DIY culture thrives despite globalism: The very forces of globalism that were expected to erode local cultures are helping to preserve them. The world's most inappropriate government agencies: Five offices that should consider updating their image. From Skeptic, Andrew Bernardin discusses the tendency to find meaning in random patterns.

Israel vs. the Diaspora: Why Israelis often bristle when Jewish Americans criticize their homeland. A review of Israeli Exceptionalism: The Destabilizing Logic of Zionism by M. Shahid Alam. Lawrence of Judea: The champion of the Arab cause and his little-known romance with Zionism. From Forward, is Israel Athens or Sparta? Leonard Fein investigates; a sex scandal splits Orthodox Zionist world between silence and action; and an interview with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad: "We will have a state by next year". Does Israel have an immigrant problem? (and more) Allah is a Zionist: The Quranic argument for Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel. An interview with Avigdor Lieberman: "It is a clash of civilizations". Who's afraid of a One-State Solution? As Israeli-Palestinian peace talks remain at an impasse, a radical solution gains steam. Israel's once-legendary army has grown weaker, and its newly emboldened enemies are allying against it — it may not be long until full-scale war breaks out. An interview with Gideon Levy, a rare voice of courage. Damned, whatever it does: A review of A State Beyond the Pale: Europe's Problem with Israel by Robin Shepherd. More on The Invention of the Jewish People by Shlomo Sand. An interview with Scott Korb, author of Life in Year One: What the World Was Like in First-Century Palestine (and more and more). Forgetting about the rest of the world: An interview with David Grossman on literature, life and Israeli-Chinese relations. A review of Good Arabs: The Israeli Security Agencies and the Israeli Arabs, 1948–1967 by Hillel Cohen. A review of This Time We Went Too Far: Truth & Consequences of the Gaza Invasion by Norman Finkelstein. A review of The Myths of Liberal Zionism by Yitzhak Laor. An interview with Alon Hilu on books on Israel and Palestine in art.

From The Wilson Quarterly, David Landes on The Enterprise of Nations: Critics have tried to explain away the West’s centuries-long economic domination of the globe; they would do better to study its lessons. Why do educated people use bad words? A debate. Christopher Hitchens re-reads Animal Farm: Still outlawed by regimes around the world, Animal Farm has always been political dynamite — so much so, it was nearly never published. Scott McLemee reviews A Universal History of the Destruction of Books by Fernando Baez. Eyjafjallajokull awakes: How an Icelandic volcano shut down Europe's airspace. What are liberal law students so sad about? Transitions: Anna M. Grzymala-Busse and Joshua A. Tucker on the unlikely triumph of Polish democracy. From n+1, widespread reverence has been essential to the growth of Benjamin studies; but it has also served as a barrier to actual understanding and use of his thought. Hard questions from "soft" sciences: As social scientists enjoy strange new respect among the public, what are they up to? If you support our troops, you have to support the work of the Internal Revenue Service. An article on the rise, rise and rise of the Downfall Hitler parody. From Cracked, here is the Secret Hipster Guidebook; a look at the 5 most socially awkward situations everyone deals with; and an article on how to make your own conspiracy. From Rolling Stone, watchdog Elizabeth Warren may be the only person in Washington who stands between us and Wall Street's next meltdown; and Matt Taibbi on how the nation's biggest banks are ripping off American cities with the same predatory deals that brought down Greece (and more). From Granta, Janice Galloway on physics and bonkology. Please do not change your password: You were right — it’s a waste of your time.

Vasilis Kostakis (TUT): Peer governance and Wikipedia: Identifying and understanding the problems of Wikipedia’s governance. Does Wikipedia suck? Banning the popular Web tool will be ineffective, but you can teach your students how to evaluate information (and more). The Gospel of Gov 2.0: Leading government into the land of wikis, blogs and social media isn't easy. The net generation, unplugged: Is it really helpful to talk about a new generation of “digital natives” who have grown up with the internet? An interview with Christopher Poole, founder of 4chan. From Gawker, a look at the eight types of people to unfollow on Twitter or defriend on Facebook. Tagging is connecting: An article on shared object memories as channels for sociocultural cohesion. The Spam Industry: The massive profits and massive growth behind the Web's most annoying industry. The web is a force for good, or not — are young people distracted or thinking differently? Back in 1985 the Internet was a barren, unexplored utility; with the first dotcom's birthday, technology writers are rehashing the dawn of the Internet era. Why Chatroulette matters: Self-branding fatigue is hitting surfers — who wants to be accountable all the time? Ralph Houser, a Pittsboro veterinarian, is a victim of the Facebook age, when anyone with an Internet connection can grab the social media megaphone and broadcast inflammatory accusations to a global audience. After 14 years of evaluating online rumors at, David and Barbara Mikkelson seem to have concluded that people are rather cavalier about the facts. An interview with Malcolm Gladwell on why he’s cut himself off from the blogosphere. Nick Poppy reviews The Peep Diaries: How We’re Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors by Hal Niedzviecki.