In the wake of our Senate’s “shameful day”—putting the kibosh, for the moment, on gun control—I managed to get out of bed, thanks to Jonathan and Noah. As we grapple with our maddening, intractable conflicts about government intervention in the homes, pockets, and bedrooms of e pluribus unum, two millennial guys are zooming in on the “hell of American day care.”
Jonathan Cohn’s expose, in the New Republic, replete with chilling vignette, history, and plentiful data, is a thing of beauty. “Trusting your child with someone else is one of the . . . Read full article →
On Saturday, a mother stepped up to the highest bully pulpit in the land. Francine Wheeler, the first civilian to stand in for the President in his weekly address to the nation, lost her six-year-old son, Ben, at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “I’ve heard people say that the tidal wave of anguish our country felt on 12/14 has receded — but not for us,” she said, her husband at her side, his face bathed in grief. Her message, delivered with eloquence and grace, was infused with raw emotion in the wake of the unimaginable.
“And in the four months since . . . Read full article →
This weekend, educators from near and far are flocking to the nation’s capitol for “Occupy DOE 2.0: The Battle for the Public Schools.” Among those protesting are education activists Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier, who delighted, exasperated, and challenged readers for five years in their joint blog, “Bridging Differences,” at Education Week.
“I see a growing movement—composed in large part of business leaders and elected officials—that seems to be saying that public education is dispensable,” Ravitch observed in an early post in 2007, foreshadowing her rise as the nation’s . . . Read full article →