From The Editor
Michael Brown will not be going back to school. Angry people in Ferguson, Missouri have been helping us remember that as we return to our jobs after Labor Day, to the search for work or other pursuits if we are unemployed, to school as teachers or students.
Unlike in the era of legal school segregation or in the long time periods in the United States when the more-or-less explicit tracking of children from different social strata into different educational pathways in the public schools was largely taken for granted as a desirable project, the pervasive educational inequalities of the moment are not the result of intentional policies.
The world economic crisis had a crushing effect on all countries, but post-Soviet Russia, with Vladimir Putin guidingif that is the correct termthe country since 1999, either as the president or prime minister, and trying to keep power in his hands indefinitely, was particularly sensitive to this crisis.
Marx once wrote that it is essential to educate the educator. Of late, educators have done quite well all on their own.
What I want to express with this title is the sense of hesitation, indecision, demurral which is the predominant feeling of my generation, the 30-somethings, about living in our political system and economy.