In the latter half of the 19th century and early in the 20th century, as Catholic immigrants poured in from Ireland and eastern Europe, an anti-Catholic wave spread over a mostly Protestant United States. The majority slur then was that Catholic newcomers’ first loyalty would be to “Rome,” not the U.S.
Like popcorn in hot oil, the question of 16-year-olds voting has started popping up around the country. Four cities already allow it in local elections: three in Maryland and, ever on the bleeding edge of change, Berkeley, Calif. More important are the states considering it, since this would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote for president.
There are two ways to interpret Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision not to run for the highest office in the land—a departure from the norm, as the line of Democrats jonesing for a shot at President Trump forms to the rear.
I have often said that if I could wave a magic wand and do one thing, I would empower women. Not just because it is the 'right' thing to do -- though it is the right thing to do -- but because it would solve so many other problems.
There are a whole lot of Democrats running for the presidency in 2020. If names like Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Joaquin Castro aren’t household names today, they certainly will over the next year or so.
One of the foundational myths of modernity holds that the progress of scientific knowledge and technology has been accompanied by moral progress. As wealth and knowledge increase, the old impediments to moral improvement such as poverty, religious superstition, and ignorance are being swept away, resulting in a kinder, gentler, and more pacific human nature.
In my last post, I described a demand-side approach to bringing evidence-based practices into schools by developing programs and processes that help educators ask the right questions and find new solutions that work for them. Now I’d like to tackle the supply side: the creation and marketing of tools, especially curriculum, that can help drive evidence-based change in the classroom.
Finally, a major Democratic politician admits it. "Governor Andrew Cuomo said the super-wealthy in New York – accounting for 1 percent of tax filers – end up paying 46 percent of the personal income taxes the state collects each year."
If this era is to become a Golden Age of Educational Practice, we need successful, evidence-based practices—to the extent that they actually exist—to spread far and wide. Many ideas for how to get educators to use such practices are inherently top-down or “supply side” approaches—build tools or products or school models on top of the evidence base, and then market them to schools. Focus a lot on the fidelity of implementation, which also implies engineering solutions that can be implemented in the real world, with real teachers, without making the instructor’s job even harder than today. I will explore all of that in future posts.
Every so often, a rising young Democratic star comes along with an idea that boldly challenges the status quo. Today, it’s Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who wants to raise the top income tax rate. In 1982 it was Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey, who proposed an overhaul of income taxes that “seemed revolutionary and impossible,” The Washington Post said in 1986.
By tradition, the U.S. president selects the president of the World Bank, and Donald Trump has just selected David Malpass. I’m sure he’ll do a fine job. Just FYI — because I’m doing a personal post — I knew his father-in-law, the great Obie (Herman J. Obermayer).
Russia’s successful interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election may inspire other countries to do the same. These other countries don’t look threatening. They look like democracies. But they’re not.
How does gerrymandering hurt Nigerian yam farmers? Why does Danish foreign aid weaken Bangladeshi industry? Why don’t democracies always do what their people want? These are just a few of the questions, big and small, that I’ll explore in this column.
President Trump’s second State of the Union address was intended to lay out a legislative agenda for divided government. Knowing that the House of Representatives is under Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s control, Trump attempted to strike a unifying and bipartisan tone and invited Democrats to work with him to benefit the country.
We’re apt to think of corruption as businessmen bribing politicians to secure overpriced contracts. A classic scene from the movie “Shawshank Redemption” shows a private contractor fearful that a crooked prison warden will underbid his highway-building proposal by the warden exploiting his prisoners’ labor. To forestall the underbid, the contractor offers the warden a free pie, along with an envelope of $100 bills. The smarmy warden accepts the moneyed pie, and tells the contractor not to worry.
Many countries, including members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, raise revenue with a consumption tax levied on incremental increases in the value of goods and services as they move through the supply chain. These value-added taxes -- VAT for short -- generate considerable income and are relatively efficient to administer.