The End of White Christian America?

I’ve spent the better part of the last decade studying how Americans understand, use, and fight over competing visions of history. These culture wars have dominated our discourse about schools, students, knowledge, and our very identity as Americans. The Trumpening upended some of the traditional narratives on the topic– though I would note that these static impressions […]

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Keeping Their Memory Alive

“Talking openly about memories — not just positive ones, but difficult ones, too — can help kids make sense of their past and rise to future challenges. It’s especially powerful to share stories about how the family sticks together through good times and bad, which allows kids to feel that they are connected to something […]

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Lost on the Road to Repeal: The Crisis of a Party With No (Coherent) Ideology

The unveiling of “Ryancare” is off to a disastrous start. Seven years of campaigning against Obamacare and promising to “repeal and replace” it was joined by vague promises from the President to keep the most popular pieces of the Affordable Care Act while saving everyone money. To say that the American Health Care Act fails to […]

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Reflections on David Gelernter’s 20 Thoughts

Conor Friedersdorf has a wonderful, wide-ranging interview with Yale computer scientist David Gelernter in The Atlantic this week. Friedersdorf is right to say that the Washington Post’s characterization of Gelernter as an anti-intellectual is wrong (and frankly bizarre). Gelernter is more accurately described as a talented polymath and a brilliant critic of American higher education, culture, and society. […]

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