Danielle Holley-Walker (South Carolina): A New Era for Desegregation. The Failure of American Schools: In his eight years as chancellor of New York City’s school system, the nation’s largest, Joel Klein learned a few painful lessons of his own — about feckless politicians, recalcitrant unions, mediocre teachers, and other enduring obstacles to school reform. The GOP is simultaneously emasculating teachers’ unions while adopting the worst parts of their agenda — the result could be devastating. Tested: LynNell Hancock on covering schools in the age of micro-measurement. Behind the scenes of standardized testing: Jessica Lussenhop goes inside the multimillion-dollar essay-scoring business. Toward a free market in education: School vouchers or tax credits? Why preschool shouldn't be like school: New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire. Once deified, now demonized, teachers are under assault from union-busting Republicans on the right and wealthy liberals on the left — and leading the charge from all directions is a woman most famous for losing her job: the former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor Michelle Rhee. It's school admissions season in New York: Does your 18-month-old have what it takes? Finland's educational success: Joshua Levine on the anti–tiger mother approach. Should public schools fear billionaires, is Finland a poster nation? An interview with Diane Ravitch, the nation's leading education historian. A review of Organizing for Educational Justice: The Campaign for Public School Reform in the South Bronx by Michael Fabricant. False Choice: How private school vouchers might harm minority students. Who's "cool" after graduating from high school? In The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, Alexandra Robbins finds out the surprising answer (and more).

Michael Quinn (UCL): Post-modern Moments in the Application of Empirical Principles: Power, Knowledge and Discourse in the Thought of Jeremy Bentham vs. Michel Foucault. Religion is a sin: Galen Strawson reviews Saving God: Religion after Idolatry and Surviving Death by Mark Johnston. A link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never! Scientists have begun to focus on how architecture and design can influence our moods, thoughts and health. Often spot-on, sometimes creepy, David Thomson’s masterwork is the most influential book ever written about the movies — and the most infuriating. From New York, Sandy Pope was the daughter of an investment banker; she quit school and became a trucker — now she wants to run the Teamsters and make unions thrive again. The conservative Texas Public Policy Foundations's influence on Texas higher-education policy takes center stage again. In 1986, a young nurse named Sherri Rasmussen was murdered in Los Angeles; police pinned down no suspects, and the case gradually went cold — it took 23 years and revolutionary breakthroughs in forensic science before LAPD detectives could finally assemble the pieces of the puzzle. Joel Warner on Peter McGraw's attempt to explain every joke ever. Taki Theodoracopulos on monarchy, the fairest of them all. A review of Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says about You by Julie Sedivy and Greg Carlson. If expensive wines really don’t taste better, then the wine industry has no business model. The Making of Michele Flournoy: She’s a mastermind of the Afghanistan war strategy, and she may be the first woman Secretary of Defense. Blue Urbanism: Timothy Beatley on city planning and the ocean environment. Be specific: Perceived media bias can lead to political action.

Peter Atkins discusses why he thinks science is the only way to make sense of the world. Tools of discovery: Where would science be without them? Meet Science: What is "peer review"? Neuroskeptic looks at the decline and fall of effects in science. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has led the world into the future for 150 years with scientific innovations — what makes the university such a fertile ground for brilliant ideas? Martin A. Schwartz on to the importance of stupidity in scientific research. Scientific reputations emerge in a collective manner, but does this guarantee that fame rests on merit? An article on why the scientific endeavour needs to deliver public value, not just research papers. Mapping the human genome showed how the internet can play a vital part in collective scientific research — now more scientists are collaborating and inviting amateurs and colleagues from other disciplines to get involved. Science writer in profile: Simon Singh. Eclectic, entertaining and educational: Paul Rogers the 21st century science beat. When Hollywood tackles science: How movies map scenarios from the frontiers of science. Who owns Einstein's face? Decades after the genius' death, the question of who controls his publicity rights continues — even his prodigious imagination could not predict the media world of the early 21st century. A review of The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World by Laura J Snyder. What gender is science? Maria Charles on how gender equality crops up in surprising places. A review of Philosophy of Science after Feminism by Janet A. Kourany. From The Global Spiral, William Grassie on philosophy of science in the comedy club. An article on the curious world of zombie science.