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American Educational Institutions and Academic Performance

March 29, 2011

Spoken Like a World Citizen

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Learning a foreign language is more than just a boot camp for future soldiers and diplomats. By Russell A. Berman.

March 29, 2011

Your Child Left Behind

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In advanced math studies, not a single American state or demographic group is keeping up with the rest of the world. Hoover fellows Eric A. Hanushek and Paul E. Peterson ran the numbers. By Amanda Ripley.

March 29, 2011

Shanghai Surprise

Students in China’s largest city just aced three global assessment tests. If American education ever had a “Sputnik moment,” this is it. By Chester E. Finn Jr.

March 29, 2011

Why We Spend What We Spend

The Pentagon’s budget is no ordinary line item. There are many reasons not to cut it. By Victor Davis Hanson.

March 29, 2011

Union Made

To bring government budgets back down to earth, first puncture those inflated labor contracts. By Richard A. Epstein.

March 29, 2011

Sins of the Fathers, the Mothers, and Others

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March 29, 2011

A Most Ingenious Trick

Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, insists that we humans must face the truth about ourselves—no matter how good it might be. An interview with Peter Robinson.

January 30, 2011

Why Is It So Hard To Make Teachers Better?

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A major focus of K-12 education reform should be placing a highly effective teacher in every classroom.
January 12, 2011

The “War on Teachers” Is a Myth

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Unions that defend the worst teachers are depriving children of the best teaching. By Eric A. Hanushek.

January 12, 2011

Men with a Mission

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The Scheinman collection brings to life the story of how two friends, a white American and a black Kenyan, helped African democracy bloom. By Tom Shachtman.