West Virginia aims to put its residents on the map
Everything you think you know about those 13 days is wrong.
How do we reduce gun crime and Aurora-style mass shootings when Americans already own nearly 300 million firearms? Maybe by allowing more people to carry them.
It’s never been easier to shoot a buck. So why are hunters spending billions on high-tech gear?
Tom Goldstein changed how lawyers get to the Supreme Court—and how news gets out of it.
A professor spends a season in hell.
Since 1857, The Atlantic has presented some of America’s most provocative thinkers, people with the bravery to challenge convention or imagine the future. Plenty have been prescient, and more than a few have been proved wrong—but time and again, they’ve inspired us all to think for ourselves.
Looking back on the troubled wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, many observers are content to lay blame on the Bush administration. But inept leadership by American generals was also responsible for the failure of those wars. A culture of mediocrity has taken hold within the Army’s leadership rank—if it is not uprooted, the country’s next war is unlikely to unfold any better than the last two.
Education policy has long featured two players—the government and teachers unions. But in recent years, a new generation of activists has stepped up to lobby legislators and drive the conversation. A rundown of worthy upstarts.
A visual look at the educational successes and failures of the past year
A decade ago, an economist at Harvard, Ronald Ferguson, wondered what would happen if teachers were evaluated by the people who see them every day—their students. The idea—as simple as it sounds, and as familiar as it is on college campuses—was revolutionary. And the results seemed to be, too: remarkable consistency from grade to grade, and across racial divides. Even among kindergarten students. A growing number of school systems are administering the surveys—and might be able to overcome teacher resistance in order to link results to salaries and promotions.
In New York City, teaching your own kids can make the most practical sense.
For years, nothing seemed capable of turning around New Dorp High School’s dismal performance—not firing bad teachers, not flashy education technology, not after-school programs. So, faced with closure, the school’s principal went all-in on a very specific curriculum reform, placing an overwhelming focus on teaching the basics of analytic writing, every day, in virtually every class. What followed was an extraordinary blossoming of student potential, across nearly every subject—one that has made New Dorp a model for educational reform.
David Coleman is an idealistic, poetry-loving, controversy-stoking Rhodes Scholar and a former McKinsey consultant who has determined, more than almost anyone else, what kids learn in American schools. His national curriculum standards and pending overhaul of the SAT have reignited a thorny national debate over how much we should expect from students and schools, and how much is out of their control.
How the new gender economics has more and more professional-class women looking at their mates and thinking: How long until I vote you off the island?
In Alaska, dwindling reserves forecast a statewide identity crisis.
Responses and reverberations
Harvey Karp’s quixotic crusade to teach adults how to talk to 2-year-olds
Way out in the desert, at the Nevada Test Site, a certain sort of traveler can confront strange traces of catastrophe (and tomfoolery).
The hookup culture that has largely replaced dating on college campuses has been viewed, in many quarters, as socially corrosive and ultimately toxic to women, who seemingly have little choice but to participate. Actually, it is an engine of female progress—one being harnessed and driven by women themselves.
Irate chefs, frenzied gourmands, and the rise of animal rights in California
The benefits of being underestimated by the nuns at St. Petronille’s