A new issue of Education Review is out. Hennie Weiss reviews The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools by Jessie Klein. From The New Yorker, is homework worth it? Louis Menand wonders. Helen Epstein reviews How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough and Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America by Jonathan Kozol. What makes students care about politics? Eric Horowitz investigates. Abolish social studies: Born a century ago, the pseudo-discipline has outlived its uselessness. Andrew J. Coulson reviews The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan. Do we need to teach kids about LGBT people in our schools? Michael Abernethy wonders. John Schostak Ivor Goodson on what’s wrong with democracy at the moment and why it matters for research and education. Missing a “trillion”: How do we know if we are teaching the right things? Unbored: Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen on the power of “making” in the classroom. J.F. Sargent on 5 ways high school really does suck (according to science).

Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern): Darwall, Habermas, and the Fluidity of Respect. From Law and Contemporary Problems, a special issue on Theological Argument in Law: Engaging with Stanley Hauerwas. The culture of the copy: James Panero on the printing press, the Internet and the impact of duplication. From New York, two decades after the Crown Heights riots, what is it like to be both black and an Orthodox Jew? From Philosophia, Tim McMynne on Frank Ramsey’s commitment to ideology. Conor Friedersdorf goes inside the conservative debate about why Mitt Romney lost. Is there anything that can be done to mitigate future episodes of end-time hysteria? The convergence of civilizations: Charles Kenny on how the oft-predicted "clash of civilizations" has not materialized — if anything, values are converging across cultures. Researchers have discovered that a Venezuelan pitcher plant uses wettable hairs to create a water slide that causes insect to slide to their deaths. For every speech, there are a bunch of versions that ended up on the writers’ room floor — here are 12 speeches that were written but, for a variety of reasons, never delivered.

Michael Bang Petersen and Lene Aaroe (Aarhus): Is the Political Animal Politically Ignorant? Applying Evolutionary Psychology to the Study of Political Attitudes. John R. Chambers (Florida) and Jacob Westfall, Charles M. Judd, and Leaf Van Boven (Colorado): The Exaggeration of Political Polarization in America. L. Randall Wray (Missouri): A Meme for Money (“This paper argues that the usual framing of discussions of money, monetary policy, and fiscal policy plays into the hands of conservatives”.) What do you mean, "both sides?" Partisan polarization is still an asymmetrical phenomenon. Philip Stephens on the new prisoners of ideology: The parties of the right have forsaken centrist appeal. Research suggests conservatives can be persuaded to care more about environmental issues when couched in terms of fending off threats to “purity”. Why seemingly decent people are so divided on politics: An interview with Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. A new study on Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia shows how interaction among users proclaiming political affiliation is more cross party than previously imagined. Charles Davis on the summer camp that made him a commie.

A new issue of the Journal of Conflict Transformation and Security is out. Douglas L. Rogers (OSU): After Prometheus, Are Human Genes Patentable Subject Matter? Alberto Toscano (Goldsmiths): The Uses of the Useless: Political Philosophies of Unemployment. Chavismo after Chavez: Javier Corrales on the race to claim the mantle of Venezuela's Revolution. Copy of sex manual banned for 200 years goes on sale, but there's little to make modern readers blush. Richard Sisk on how the Bagram jail in Afghanistan is a “tougher problem than Guantanamo”. It is striking to what degree the Washington establishment has come to normalize Republican hostage-taking of the debt limit, to see it as a predictable and almost natural element of the political landscape. If sometimes you need to acknowledge your victories and give yourself a little pat on the back, get yourself a brag partner. Salmaan Khan reviews The Democratic Imagination: Envisioning Popular Power in the Twenty-First Century by James Cairns and Alan Sears. The healing power of Batman, and other great tales from academia: Joel Smith on the 12 most interesting things we learned in 2012.

Taimie L. Bryant (UCLA): Virtue Ethics and Animal Law. Kimberley Hockings reviews Planet Without Apes by Craig B. Stanford. People are used to being asked to help save photogenic pandas, but are there animals whose strange appearance hinders conservation? Karl Baker reviews Animal Cities: Beastly Urban Histories. Why wild animals are moving into cities, and what to do about it. Brian Berkey reviews Personhood, Ethics, and Animal Cognition: Situating Animals in Hare's Two-Level Utilitarianism by Gary. E. Varner. Why are dogs racist? Canine experts speak. A life and death animal rights controversy: Barbara J. King on the story of Bill and Lou. Amanda Fiegl on the healing power of dogs: Canines bring comfort to Newtown survivors and others in crisis. Katie L. Burke reviews Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen. Costa Rica officially bans hunting, becoming the first Latin American country to outlaw the sport. What is the world’s most dangerous animal? Dan Nosowitz on 10 animals that are smarter than you think. Monte Richard on 5 shocking ways monkeys are just as dysfunctional as us. Brian Moylan on how you will never be as rich as these pets.