Noam Scheiber on the truth about the fiscal cliff, Paul Krugman on the end of growth, Robert Samuelson on elite high schools, Walter Russell Mead on Syria, and Bruce Crumley on France's colonial legacy.
I am all for torturing children. As the overlord of a 9th grade classroom, I forced them to memorize sections of The Aeneid, socked them with the one-two punch of The Odyssey and The Iliad and finished them off on a Shakespearian rack. Let them suffer, I say.
High school. What we remember of it is generally fond, if slightly uncomfortable, sort of like the time we were shoved into a locker and left there until, happily, we were rescued by our best friend.
But there's still pretty of room for optimism, according to survey figures
A new investigation questions Atlanta's recently stellar test scores
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