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The hidden truth behind Teach for America’s political empire

<b>(AlexD75 via iStock)</b><p>Working for more charter schools and fast-tracked teachers, the organization’s growing — whether you like it or not<p>James Cersonsky<p>September 17, 2013 11:44am (UTC)<p>Teach for America, well known for recruiting high-achieving college graduates to teach in urban and rural areas for …

Bringing the Racy, Popular Novels of the Past Into America's Schools

The mainstream literature of the 18th and 19th centuries was lively, radical, and diverse. An interview with professor Phillip Gura about why these books ought to be part of the high school literature canon.<p>As high school English classes start up again across the United States, teenagers will be …

Married to a Doll: Why One Man Advocates Synthetic Love

Davecat lives with his wife and mistress, both dolls, and thinks synthetic partners are ideal for those who don't want to deal with humans' inconsistencies.<p>Davecat met his future wife, Sidore Kuroneko at a goth club in 2000, so the story goes. The less romantic but perhaps more true version is that …

'I Declare War' Trailer and Poster – /Film

I Declare War is a good indie about kids whose game of “war,” played in the forest near their home, turns very serious. Perhaps not quite as serious …

Are You Smart Enough to Be a Citizen? Take Our Quiz

To become a citizen of the United States, naturalizing immigrants must take a test. Many native-born Americans would fail this test. Indeed, most of us have never really thought about what it means to be a citizen. One radical idea from the immigration debate is the repeal of birthright …

12 Very Real Voter-Suppression Tactics Experts Now Worry Will Come Back

On Voting Rights, a Decision as Lamentable as Plessy or Dred Scott

Splitting 5-4 along ideological lines, today the Supreme Court ruled a key provision of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.<p>Let's be clear about what has just happened. Five unelected, life-tenured men this morning declared that overt racial discrimination in the nation's voting practices is …

Six DC Universe Characters Teased in ‘Man of Steel’ – /Film

In the wake of the first wave of interconnected films from Marvel Studios, and the promise of a <i>Justice League</i> film, there’s the expectation that …

Long 'Elysium' Trailer: This Is the One You've Been Waiting For – /Film

Here’s the <b>Elysium</b> trailer you’ve been waiting for. This one shows more of <i>District 9</i> director <b>Neill Blomkamp</b>‘s vision of a crappy everyday life on …

Cool Stuff: Heroes and Villains on Display in 'Arch Nemesis' Art Show – /Film

Every great hero has a great villain, a nemesis that completes their existence. It’s a theme explored in films like <i>Unbreakable</i> and <i>The Dark Knight,</i> …

The Thing That Made The Office Great Is the Same Thing That Killed It

Its TV-as-catharsis approach to the monotony of office work was groundbreaking, but the show's premise wasn't built to last more than a few seasons.<p>NBC<p>There isn't a more quintessentially American form of relaxation than resting your feet on a coffee table after a long day at work and turning on the …