October 2012

In This Issue

James Bennet on campaign finance, James Parker on 50 Shades of Grey, a special report on American schools, and more

Election 2012

John Ritter

The Ballot Cops

A controversial new organization is building a nationwide army to root out voter fraud—or suppress voter turnout.

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American Schools

  • Kyoto Hamada

    The Writing Revolution

    When New Dorp High School was faced with closure, the principal launched a dramatic new writing initiative—one that has become a model for educational reform.

  • Mike McGregor

    The Schoolmaster

    David Coleman is a poetry-loving Rhodes Scholar and former McKinsey consultant whose pending overhaul of the SAT has reignited a national debate over how much we should expect from students and schools.

  • The Education Upstarts

    In a field long dominated by the government and teachers unions, a new generation of activists has stepped up to lobby legislators and drive the conversation.





  • Wesley Bedrosian

    The Weaker Sex

    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?

  • Courtesy of MIT

    Cover to Cover

    The untold story of America's color consensus; Rachel Cusk's way with metaphors; and more



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