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How I Upset Donald Trump and a Few Other Powerful Billionaires

Or, what happens when you write a book about the political sway of wealthy donors<p>I was sitting in my office when the phone rang with the caller ID of “Trump Org.” “Oh no,” I thought. “It can’t be.” Ever since my book <i>Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust</i> came out in September, weird things …

Where America's Racist Tweets Come From

<i>Warning: The tweets are really, really racist.</i><p>So, per the team's model, a score of 1.0 indicates that the state's proportion of racist tweets to non-racist tweets is the same as the overall national proportion. A score above 1.0 indicates that the proportion of racist tweets to non-racist tweets is …

Will the Supreme Court Address Louisiana's Flawed Jury System?

By allowing non-unanimous verdicts in murder trials, the state makes it possible for prosecutors to accept minority jurors—and then discount their views.<p>When they meet this Friday in conference to discuss which cases to accept for review, the justices of the United States Supreme Court will have …

The Privatization Backlash

For decades, city and state governments have seen contracting as a cost-saving panacea. But past experience has left some of today's policymakers more skeptical.<p>A few years ago, Chicago residents accustomed to parking on the street got a rude shock. Parking-meter rates had suddenly gone up as much …

There's a Cheaper, More Effective Way to Train Teachers

Why school systems across the country should adopt an apprenticeship model<p>We don’t know exactly how much money was spent training Will in his first year of Teach for America, but we know it was a lot. We would guess the total sum is above $50,000, a figure that includes district training costs, …

How to give your kids everything but a sense of entitlement

Kids who understand gratitude have better grades and are less likely to get depressed. This was the conclusion of a recent story in the Wall Street Journal that struck a chord with both my husband and me.<p>Both of us hail from immigrant families who arrived to the US in the 1970s. Both of us grew up …

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How to Teach Kids to Be Grateful: Give Them Less

Toys can help children learn to be thankful for what they have.<p>Kids who understand gratitude have better grades and are less likely to get depressed. This was the conclusion of a recent story in the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> that struck a chord with both my husband and me.<p>Both of us hail from immigrant …

The Case for Nagging Kids About Their Homework

The backlash against "helicopter parenting" may have gone too far.<p>The helicopter parent has crashed and burned. With millennials reaching adulthood it has become clear that this hovering style of parenting results in overly dependent young adults, plagued by depression or less satisfaction with …

ADHD, or Childhood Narcissism?

Ten times as many children are diagnosed with ADHD today as were in the 1970s. What if their behavior—consistently distracted, hyperactive, impulsive—really indicates something else?<p>In a typical American classroom, there are nearly as many diagnosable cases of ADHD as there are of the common cold. …

What Makes a Great Teacher: Training? Experience? Intelligence? Grit?

Making sense of a new study about Teach For America's effectiveness<p>If a teacher is successful in the classroom, does it matter how she got there, or how long she intends to stay in the profession? Should personal qualities like perseverance and grit count just as much as completing the requisite …

The Social and Legal Arguments for Allowing Women to Go Topless in Public

Advocates of female toplessness say current laws enforce damaging views of women's bodies.<p>In early August, 33-year-old Phoenix Feeley began a 16-day jail sentence in New Jersey for refusing to pay fines from 2008 when she was arrested for sunbathing topless at a Spring Lake beach. She spent nine …

Boyhood, Airborne

The magic of a rope swing, the lightheartedness of summer, and the promise of youth: every once in a while, these fleeting feelings come back.<p>We're 14 years old--me, Kevin, and Eric. The August day is hot, probably 85 degrees, the air almost tropical. Cicadas hum away rhythmically. We wear polo …