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7 Aug 2012
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10 Ways School Reformers Get It Wrong

It’s widely agreed that American education is in trouble.  What is missed in both the response to the crisis and the cacophony of reform efforts is a true understanding of the nature of the problem. In the early days of public schooling, Horace Mann called the schools the balance wheel of society. It was thought...

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23 Jul 2012
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The Rise and Fall of the American Childhood

In 30 years, we’ve undone many of the most important social achievements put in place to protect and support children. From the 1930s to 1980, childhood in America became a cherished space for youngsters to grow in. After 1980, and with increasing furor, that space has been under assault and childhood terribly compromised. Look at...

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1 May 2012
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Thinking About “The Buffett Rule”

It was useful for Warren Buffett to bring his iconic power to bear on the gross inequalities in the American tax system. But his willingness to pay more in taxes, which he shares with many progressives with considerable wealth, is in fact a declaration of solidarity with the needs of all other Americans. Their ethical...

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25 Mar 2012
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The Biggest Engine of Economic Growth?

The Biggest Engine of Economic Growth? 8 Ways Taxpayers and the Government Are Necessary to Capitalism Dating back to Ronald Reagan, and even before, conservatives have constantly attacked government. The drumbeat repeats the notion that the private sector can do everything better. “Privatize everything” is the mantra. It’s hard to imagine anything more destructive to...

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