With democracy in crisis, we all need what too many eighth-graders (and adults) are missing – proficiency in American history and civics.
Author: Nicholas Goldberg, LA Times
Ukraine Flips Script on Dems, GOP. Is It Permanent?
Democrats used to favor nonintervention and Republicans were hawks. Now, not so much. Will the role reversal last?
Is the Pledge of Allegiance Just an Empty Ritual?
The 131-year-old pledge is back in the news. A high school student recently landed in the principal’s office for failing to honor it. She’s not the first to protest a pledge that has been called unconstitutional.
Suddenly, ‘I Flunked Algebra’ Is a Ticket to Success
An Ivy League degree, high SAT scores and straight A’s are starting to signify privilege, not achievement.
Don’t Ignore Rising Tide of Political Violence in U.S.
We have to stay focused on the frightening increase in political violence, which threatens American democracy.
Not Just SCOTUS: The Constitution Is Also a Problem
Lots of Americans are angry about recent court rulings on guns, abortion and the environment. But flaws in the U.S. Constitution are as much to blame.
Are Biden and Feinstein Too Old To Do Their Jobs?
The graying of American government is a real problem. McConnell, Biden, Trump and Feinstein are just a few of our leaders in their 70s and 80s.
Sotomayor, Thomas and Supreme Court Friendships
The Supreme Court’s most liberal justice says the court’s most conservative justice is kind and thoughtful and a friend. Progressive Twitter is highly unimpressed.
House Speaker Trump–Could There Be a Worse Idea?
At first it seemed like crazy talk that an ex-president who wasn’t a member of Congress could become speaker, but given U.S. politics, you never know.
Can Humanity Rise to Challenge on Climate Change?
It’s not that people don’t care about global warming. It’s just that they don’t seem to care in rational proportion to the enormity of the problem.