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  • December 24, 2003

    Class Warfare

    Labor studies programs are under attack by a well-financed right-wing campaign.

    David Bacon

  • November 26, 2003

    Discipline and Punish

    Zero tolerance policies have created a “lockdown environment” in schools.

    Annette Fuentes

  • November 13, 2003

    Bush Flunks Schools

    If “no child left behind” meant what it said, it would offer help, not sanctions.

    Susan Ohanian

  • October 23, 2003

    How the Other Half Learns

    Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom have long been pillars of highbrow conservatism in America.

    Peter Schrag

  • October 23, 2003


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

    David Kirp


  • October 16, 2003

    You Protest, You Pay

    It started with Congress, which in 1998 voted to deny federal financial aid to students with minor drug convictions like marijuana possession. Now the use of financial aid as an incentive to cu

    Jamie Pietras

  • October 2, 2003

    Spanking Head Start

    Used to be, nearly everyone–Democrat or Republican–loved Head Start, the federal preschool program for kids from low-income families. And why not?

    Jennifer Niesslein

  • September 25, 2003

    Educating for Privilege

    As a law school dean, I was much taken with a statement from Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s landmark opinion in the University of Michigan case: “Law schools represent the training ground for a

    Gene Nichol

  • September 22, 2003

    Yale Workers Win

    Late last week, Yale clerical and maintenance workers who had been striking for three weeks won a contract that will transform the standard of living of clerical workers at the university, as wel

    Kim Phillips-Fein

  • August 14, 2003

    The American Prosperity Myth

    The economy’s vital signs spell trouble.

    Will Hutton