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Confronting the Liberal Arts Conundrum

The need for more Americans to gain a college degree in order to obtain better jobs has become an important national mantra. But I worry that ill-conceived responses to the problem may be leading us down a short-term path that weakens U.S. global competitiveness.<p>Since the beginning of this country, …

California school district hires firm to monitor students' social media

A suburban Los Angeles school district is now looking at the public postings on social media by middle and high school students, searching for possible violence, drug use, bullying, truancy and suicidal threats.<p>The district in Glendale, California, is paying $40,500 to a firm to monitor and report …

Adam Chandler: Why 'Duck Dynasty' Viewers Heed Its Call

Hard work, solid values and a sense of humor have fueled the biggest show in cable-TV history.<p>Fans of reality TV have long tuned in to gawk at the curiosities of American subculture. Unfortunately, the country on display is typically a blooper reel of drunken brawling ("Jersey Shore"), cutthroat …

Jersey Shore

Meet the Artist Who's Drawing Every Character From Every Coen Brothers Movie Ever Made

In the fall of 1981, second grader Mike Ryan was walking through the halls of his new school when he realized something terrible: He was the only kid …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryIt’s Time to Forgive <i>The Joy Luck Club</i> Inkoo Kang The landmark film beautifully portrayed the Asian American experience. Then Asian …

Man Shot 'Millisecond' After Told to Get on Ground, Lawyer Claims

A police dash cam video shows an unarmed man was shot 10 times by an officer a "millisecond" after being ordered to "get on the ground," a lawyer for …

Stephen Hawking Flip On Assisted Suicide Divides Right-to-Die Movement

Stephen Hawking, the brilliant theoretical physicist who has been on life support for 23 years battling ALS, has fueled a deep divide in the …

Why Teach English?

Whence, and where, and why the English major? The subject is in every mouth—or, at least, is getting kicked around agitatedly in columns and reviews and Op-Ed pieces. The English major is vanishing from our colleges as the Latin prerequisite vanished before it, we’re told, a dying choice bound to a …