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David L. Kirp

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David L. Kirp

David L. Kirp, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of The Sandbox Investment: The Preschool Movement and Kids-First Politics and Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: Five Big Ideas for Transforming Children's Lives.


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Are MOOCs—massive open online courses—the utopia of affordable higher education, or just the latest fad?

Resistance is growing, and with good reason—test mania delivers few benefits and often harms the students it’s meant to help. 

With a well-marked pathway from preschool through high school, the dense New Jersey city is a model educator for newcomers—and America at large.

As a mentoring program shows, the arc of a child’s life can be altered by a single stable adult.

Fighting AIDS in the streets.

Community schools alter the arc of children's lives by addressing academic and social needs.

Rather than build a unified culture in a diverse society, the conservative Gang of Five that now dominates the Supreme Court is polarizing the country.

San Francisco recently launched universal preschool, designed to make young participants higher earners and better citizens when they reach adulthood. If successful, San Francisco’s initiative could make preschool as commonplace as kindergarten.

Devising a fair federal policy for higher education would not be hard.

David L. Kirp has chronicled the Mount Laurel, New Jersey, history in Almost Home: America's Love-Hate Relationship with Community (Princeton).