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In recent years the United States has witnessed growing acrimony over issues involving religion, politics, and government. In this essay a distinguished Jefferson scholar describes how Jefferson fought to build a wall of separation between the religious and civic spheresand reminds us of the reasons why
Contention between proponents of the “meaning first” and the “phonics first" approaches to literacy goes back more than a century. That the former is now in the ascendant, the author argues, should be cause for concern
Itineraries that immerse you in Mexico’s history and culture as well as its surf
“Now, stretching over that empty sea, aground some fifty yards out, [lay] the incredible fleet from the other side of the globe, the rusty, creaking fleet that the old professor had been eyeing since morning. . . . He pressed his eye to the glass, and the first things he saw were arms. . . . Then he started to count. Calm and unhurried. But it was like trying to count all the trees in the forest, those arms raised high in the air, waving and shaking together, all outstretched toward the nearby shore. Scraggy branches, brown and black, quickened by a breath of hope. All bare, those fleshless Gandhi-arms. . . . thirty thousand creatures on a single ship!”
Well, yes, the West must pay attention to the population problems of the Third World. But what sort of attention? The conventional wisdom holds that economic development —and thus economic aid from the West—is the key to curbing population growth in poor nations. Not true, says VIRGINIA ABERNETHY
Some people say that when a woman moves 1,500 miles from her mate to get a Ph.D. in women’s studies, it’s the beginning of the end