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Gridlock Destroyed Rome. Is America Next?

The Republic succumbed to political dysfunction. Can Washington avoid the same fate?<p>What does decline sound like? I imagine equal parts self-pity and self-flagellation, moral outrage and exhaustion. Once we could have heard it from the original Capitol Hill, the seat of the failing Roman Republic. …

Report: American Education Isn't Mediocre—It's Deeply Unequal

Students in Massachusetts are doing great compared to their international peers, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Students in Alabama, Mississippi, and D.C., however, are languishing.<p>It’s so common to see studies about the United States’s lackluster academic performance …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

• Different kids with different levels of preparation come into a math class. Some of these kids have parents who have drilled them on math from a young age, while others never had that kind of parental input.<br>• On the first few tests, the well-prepared kids get perfect scores, while the unprepared kids …

What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About The American Center

A few notes to help explain our latest chart-filled survey of the current politicsPLUS: FIND OUT WHERE YOU STAND AND WHERE YOUR POLITICIANS DO<p><i>Published in the November 2013 issue</i><p><b>Jim Hightower, the legendary hellion populist</b> out of Texas (yes, such a beast once roamed the earth) used to say that the …

This Is the Average Man's Body

Graphic renderings of modern males<p>George Maat, a professor emeritus of anthropology at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, has said that within another 50 years, the Dutch Todd could be six-foot-three. Several years ago the Netherlands was compelled to increase building code …

A Teach for America Alum On How Testing Is Hurting Our Kids

“Mr. Sheehan, A and B are <i>both</i> right!” one of my 5th-grade students uttered through gritted teeth. He was so angry and stressed that he snapped his …