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Column: Life Inside a Predatory For-Profit College

Friday, July 25, 2014

It happened the same way that anyone falls in love: the slow build of excitement, the sheer anticipation of each day propelling you forward, the blind haze of overwhelming joy clouding all reason and logic. I developed a passion for teaching at a for-profit school in Southern California, and it was exhilarating. My students were inquisitive, thoughtful, and eager to share their ideas. Many were first-generation Americans, and many more …

Column: How to Save Gaza: Cooperate With Abbas

Friday, July 25, 2014

After two weeks of protests and denunciations, it’s time to acknowledge that outrage won’t end the war in Gaza. The most plausible way to stop this cycle of violence is through internationally supervised demilitarization. Amid so much death and destruction, that may seem utterly hopeless. But in fact, many of the tools we …

Column: Don’t Imprison Heroin Mothers and Babies

Thursday, July 24, 2014

I’m told the first months of my life were torture. I screamed constantly, spat out milk, and vomited all the time. I was going through withdrawal. I was a heroin baby. My mother began using drugs as a teen. By the time I was born, she’d done several stints in prison. She even gave birth to me in prison, where I lived for …

Column: In China, and Elsewhere: Molding Young Minds Through the Curriculum

Friday, July 11, 2014

It was the summer of 2012, and Hong Kong was in an uproar. The pro-Beijing government’s attempts to put in place a so-called “patriotic education” curriculum — one with lessons similar to those taught in mainland China — were met with howls of protest across the city. The …

Column: In Palestine,Where It’s ‘Trayvon Martin, En Masse’

Friday, July 11, 2014

The scene opens with two masked men kneeling over what looks like a rice sack, one man holding it down, the other man repeatedly raising his right fist and pounding it. The fisted man stands up, giving us …

Editorial: Stop the Madness — A Declaration on Gun Violence

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Fourth of July, that most American of holidays, is typically celebrated with parades, fireworks and backyard cookouts. In Chicago this year, the holiday weekend was scarred by what tragically has become another American tradition: gun violence. In …

Column: The Hating of the President

Thursday, July 10, 2014

President Barack Obama: the worst president since World War II. That’s what a new poll says. Well, sorry, folks, but Obama is not the worst president — he is not even close to being the worst president. But …

Column: The Founders Reined In Inherited Wealth, but It Grows Again

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thomas Piketty, writing from France, is the latest person to sound an alarm about the growing inequality of income and wealth. But his ideas have distinctly American roots that date to the country’s formation. The American Revolution was in part a revolt against hereditary wealth and aristocratic privilege, …

Column: Putin Has Three Basic Choices in Ukraine

Thursday, July 10, 2014

More than three months have passed since Vladimir Putin’s triumphalist speech to the Russian parliament. In it, he exulted in his military seizure of Crimea while basking in an orgy of chauvinistic sentiment. Putin clearly relished the enthusiasm …

Willem Lange: What’s Really the Matter With Kids Today?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A sure sign that the apocalypse is upon us: My old prep school, which has boasted a strong football program for many decades (It was venerable when I was there, and I’ve had my 60th reunion.), has just dropped the sport. The reason? Participation has dropped to the …

Column: Google CEO Says Work Less, Enjoy More

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page says we should all work fewer hours, and — like most people — I love the prospect. “The idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet people’s needs is just not …

Column: Progressives Need to Promote a ‘Constitution of Opportunity’

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

You cannot talk for very long to a conservative these days without hearing the words “constitutional” and “constitutionalist.” Formulations such as “I am a constitutional conservative” or “I am a constitutionalist” are Tea Party habits, but they are not confined to its ranks. Many kinds of conservatives contend …

Column: A Republican Congress Might Help Obama

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The walls seem to be closing in on the Obama presidency. Iraq and Syria are overrun with terrorists. Violence is flaring in Ukraine and on Israel’s borders. A humanitarian crisis is developing on our own southern border, but …