Lawrence Burke (HCT): 21st Century Learning from a 3rd Century BC Perspective. Cheryl E. Matias (Colorado): Check Yo’Self Before You Wreck Yo’Self and Our Kids: Counterstories from Culturally Responsive White Teachers? to Culturally Responsive White Teachers! Jason T. Hilton (Slippery Rock): Are Teachers Professionals? Analysis of the Professional Status of US Teachers. E. D. Hirsch sees his education theories taking hold. Erin Osborne on Rupert Murdoch, Common Core and the dangerous rise of for-profit public education. Why do parents send their kids to private school? Public schools beat private schools: A pair of education researchers have a new take on which schools work — and why. Nora Caplan-Bricker on M. Night Shyamalan's utterly reasonable take on school reform. Christa Bialka and Edward Garcia Fierros review Effective Inclusive Schools: Designing Successful Schoolwide Programs by Thomas Hehir and Lauren I. Katzman. Maria Konnikova goes inside the cheater's mind. Whose character? Lelac Almagor on why character education is inherently flawed. Science textbooks across the country will teach real science because of a decision in Texas. Boredom at school is an epidemic — and a map shows it in real time. Bring back home ec: Ruth Graham on the case for a revival of the most retro class in school (and more). Amanda Ripley on the case against high-school sports: What if we spent the money, time, and energy we devote to Friday-night football games on boosting academic performance? High-school sports aren't killing academics: Daniel H. Bowen and Collin Hitt on how research shows that schools with strong athletic programs have higher test scores and lower drop-out rates.

The inaugural issue of In Brief, the newsletter of South Sudan Law Society, is out. John Yoo (UC-Berkeley): The Legality of the National Security Agency's Bulk Data Surveillance Programs. Haochen Sun (Hong Kong): The Distinctiveness of a Fashion Monopoly. From Resistance Studies, Tova Crossler Ernstrom on fat activism. Machiavelli with malaprops: Jon Ralston on a quarter-century of covering Harry Reid. The modern economy depends on dozens of obscure metals — what happens if we run out? The philosophy of death: Miguel de Unamuno was a man of contradictions — he saw tragedy and death in life, and that was why he loved it. 2013 was the year the grand bargain died — good riddance. Steven Melendez on the soft science of male enhancement pills. Look back with angst: A century on, there are uncomfortable parallels with the era that led to the outbreak of the first world war. The welfare queen: In the 1970s, Ronald Reagan villainized a Chicago woman for bilking the government; her other sins — including possible kidnappings and murders — were far worse. Why are people protesting in Ukraine? Leonid Peisakhin provides historical context. I got it wrong: Seven writers on why they changed their minds. Irit Dekel on laughter and remembering in Berlin. Richard Florida, Mr. Creative Class, is now Mr. Rust Belt — but he's not sorry about Brooklynizing your neighborhood. Sarah Kliff on why Obamacare won’t spiral into fiery, actuarial doom.

From TNR, Marc Tracy on the pivotal, behind-the-scenes story of how the Game Change guys get sources to talk. From Politico, take This Town and shove it: A White House reporter’s tale of sex, booze and the briefing room (and more). Could Politico transform their glib approach to political news? The answer is yes — they have successfully taken a shallow, celebrity-obsessed form of political journalism and made it much longer. Erik Wemple on Politico’s Mike Allen, native advertising pioneer (and more by Jonathan Chait). Given the reality that Politico has suffered little to no reputation damage from the Mike Allen payola scandal, it seems like selling favorable coverage, whatever the ethical merits, is in fact a brilliant business strategy. Natasha Lennard on why the Guardian editor should not have to love his country: Alan Rusbridger, grilled in U.K. parliament over Snowden leaks, had patriotism questioned — it should be irrelevant (and more). John Paul Titlow on how journalists at The Guardian built that epic NSA story. Tom Slee on how Pierre Omidyar’s journalistic venture is another of his efforts to fuse philanthropy with profit — so far, not so good. What would journalism look like without conventional standards of objectivity? Conor Friedersdorf interviews Jay Rosen about the quarter-billion-dollar experiment he's joining. Limiting democracy: Glenn Greenwald on the American media’s world view, and ours (2010). John Judis on how Glenn Greenwald and Bill Keller are wrong about objectivity in journalism (and more by Tim Carmody).