When discussing public education the language of data can seduce us with its purported simplicity. “Test scores are important,” wrote Marcus Winters, a Manhattan Institute fellow, in the New York Times in 2012, “because… Read More

Finding myself accidentally in Berlin on November 9, I wandered through the city with a million other visitors mesmerized by a commemorative project called Lichtgrenze (“border of lights”), a 15-kilometer-long installation of illuminated helium… Read More

Like many women with countercultural affinities and too much education, when I got pregnant I began planning for a “natural,” i.e. drug-free, childbirth. Considering that up to that point I had greatly enjoyed the… Read More

Vladimir Putin’s distrust of Western-style democracy, his occasional nostalgia for Russia’s glorious tsarist past, his recurring anger at the Communist leaders who allowed the Soviet Union to collapse in 1991, and his determination for… Read More