A new issue of Academic Leadership Journal is out. Mark A. Smith and Karen Schmidt (Northern Colorado): Teachers Are Making a Difference: Understanding the Influence of Favorite Teachers. Dangerous and disruptive or simply cutting class: When should schools kick kids to the curb? An interview with Jessie Klein, author of The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools. Do students need to learn lower-level factual and procedural knowledge before they can do higher-order thinking? Free Tanya McDowell: Why it is wrong to send a mother to prison for sending her son to a public school? Christopher Bonastia on why the racist history of the charter school movement is never discussed. Does preschool matter? Jonah Lehrer investigates. Zadie Smith on global school reporting without the wonk. What is the case against the Montessori educational approach? From the three Rs to the four Cs: William Crossman on radically redesigning K-12 education. The current state of the education reform movement has been referred to as the Civil Rights movement of our time — this description is certainly justified.

From Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism, generalists, specialists, and others: An interview with George Scialabba. From The Common Review, Robert Boyers acknowledges the extent to which he has become — dreaded word — a realist; and a review of The Overloaded Liberal: Shopping, Investing, Parenting, and Other Daily Dilemmas in an Age of Political Activism by Fran Hawthorne and Parenting Out of Control: Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times by Margaret K. Nelson. The geeks shall inherit the bars: A growing movement is trying to make socializing safe for the world’s nerds. From Comment, a review of Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything by F.S. Michaels; and small is beautiful (except when it isn't): Even the most dedicated advocates of communitarian conservative values at some level realize that the flourishing they experience is, to a great extent, made possible by global markets. Several millennia ago, Aristotle asserted that man was different from the animals because only he had the gift of (thoughtful) speech; the cursing generation seems intent on erasing that distinction.

From Forbes, the biggest problem for gold and silver: Doomsday never comes. Apocalyptic Daze: Pascal Bruckner on how secular elites prophesy a doomsday without redemption. A review of The Oxford Handbook of Millennialism. Ross Andersen on how we're underestimating the risk of human extinction. Countdown to the man-made apocalypse: Should the “Doomsday Clock” be moved ahead because of threats from biotechnology? Twenty-two percent of Americans think the world will end in their lifetime. Scott Cheshire on Armageddon, the other American Dream. Living in the end times: Why American writers are obsessed with apocalypse. How apocalyptic thinking prevents us from taking political action: While Americans take comfort in shows predicting disaster and myths about the end of the world, the real debate over climate change has stalled. Apocalypse Soon: Has civilization passed the environmental point of no return? How to prepare for catastrophe: How can I prepare for sudden dramatic changes to our civilization which may leave me or my family without the means to support ourselves? Vernor Vinge is optimistic about the collapse of civilization.