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Back to School

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.

Beneath the Surface
Part IV: Beyond Reform

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 Threat to Russia’s Youth

The world economic crisis had a crushing effect on all countries, but post-Soviet Russia, with Vladimir Putin guiding—if that is the correct term—the 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.

Degrees of Privilege

Marx once wrote that “it is essential to educate the educator.” Of late, educators have done quite well all on their own.

The Sound of Hesitation

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.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2014

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