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David Brooks Does the Palin One-Step

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

David Brooks can't resist the old DC one-step. People who say "education is really important, but it's not the only determinant of wage growth" become people who disparage the importance of education.

Free Tuition for Community College

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

Currently, we have only a few of the specifics, and this week I will write about: what I do know about the proposal; the need for more particulars; arguments in favor of, and in opposition to, the proposal; and an alternative proposal.

Following 'Charlie Hebdo' Attack, Comedy Trumps Tragedy

Travis Irvine | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media
Travis Irvine

More than a week after the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, American comedians have made it clear that they stand with their fellow satirists in France. There were others who joined the condemnation as well, and not just from comedy.

Freedom of Expression Is Not Unlimited

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 03.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Freedom of expression does not mean that anyone has the right to be heard at any time and in any forum, no matter what. There are times when lines must be drawn for reasons both moral and legal, but there are other times when it is inappropriate and wrong to draw such lines.

David Brooks Calls Chris Hughes 'Callow And Incompetent'

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 12.26.2014 | Media

David Brooks has joined the ranks of media figures unhappy with the new leadership at The New Republic. On Friday, in a column that appeared in The...

CFES Constituents Rally Around One Million More Campaign at National Conference

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 01.25.2015 | College
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

"America's ongoing disinvestment in public institutions has forced those institutions to raise prices beyond a level that many low income students can afford to pay. So, they borrow. Often, they borrow more than they can later afford to repay. Education is not a privilege; it's a right."

The Observing Self: A Tool Essential to Save Ourselves and Our Planet

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 01.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

It is the observing self that grants us a sense of "agency" with the capacity to change ourselves and our world.

What David Brooks Gets Wrong About 'Partyism'

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Steven Shiffrin

Although Brooks decries the extent to which political appeals are phrased in existential terms, he simply tries to wish away the fact that politics addresses fundamental moral issues that go to the heart of what life is all about.

Here Comes the Judge

Francis Levy | Posted 12.24.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Artists are attempting to find something through the maintenance of a practice but what is a politician or leader trying to find? The answer is usually a series of intelligent decisions that lead his country out of a quagmire.

Musings on the Purpose of Higher Education

Frank Islam | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Frank Islam

While summer reading is normally light or frothy stuff for the beach, one of the more widely reviewed books of this past summer, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to A Meaningful Life, was nothing of the sort.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

No, New York Times, Detroit Is Not An 'Urban Wasteland.' And Here's Why.

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts

If you're from Detroit, you learn to get used to people talking about your beloved city as if it's in a post-apocalyptic dystopian movie. But the misc...

Responding to David Brooks: The Question of Poverty and Character

David Coates | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
David Coates

Focusing on issues of character and choice, when discussing poverty, suits conservatives because it emphasizes the causal role of "agency" rather than "structure" in the creation of social problems.

Can We Depoliticize EPA and Bergdahl Debate? (So Far, No.)

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

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BSN assumes that a) man-made carbon is accelerating warming & b) the Bergdahl swap was a 51-49 decision. Within these boundries, Lowry/Reagan clash over the EPA rule's "war on coal" and the price we paid to bring home the Afghan War's last American POW. In both, Obama acts on "Yes we can" while GOP critics say "Yes but."

The Sufferings of Young Everyman

Francis Levy | Posted 07.29.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

When you read about the lives of great thinkers and artists, one is forced to note that the human factor is the one thing that is often missing.

The Streamlined Life

The New York Times | David Brooks | Posted 05.07.2014 | World

Every year researchers at U.C.L.A. do a survey of incoming college freshmen. These surveys, conducted over four decades now, show how the life cycle h...

A Foreign-Policy Problem No One Talks About

Jim Sleeper | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Instead of acknowledging their deepest feelings openly, or even to themselves, the writers I've mentioned who've brought so much folly and destruction upon their republic, are doubling down, more nervous and desperate than ever, looking for someone else to blame.

David Brooks, Common Core Circus Performer

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 06.24.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Brooks is right; the circus in indeed "in town," and in his opinion-spouting position, Brooks is attempting to sell tickets to The Greatest So-called "Standards" Show on Earth.

The Adult Student as Your Prospective Employee

Dr. Mika Nash | Posted 06.07.2014 | Education
Dr. Mika Nash

Not having the luxury to devote one's entire focus toward school forces a heightened sense of time management and organization. It creates a motivation to compartmentalize wherever possible as a way of feeling productive at the end of a day.

Howard's Daily: Re-Empowering Individual Initiative

Philip K. Howard | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

The problem here is not just that people are discouraged from self-determination. Modern society is organized to avoid human choice. Ever-more-detailed rules are designed to prevent people from acting on their own sense of right and wrong.

Not So Fast, Fareed!

Jim Sleeper | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

With his every hair in place and his virtually homespun quips perfectly timed, Zakaria at Yale on Wednesday offered yet another manifestation of himself as the $75,000-a-speech-giver at investment bank dinners.

I'm So Over Leaning In -- I Want to LEAN OUT!

Heidi Sinclair | Posted 04.12.2014 | Women
Heidi Sinclair

In order to be successful in what was still a man's world, we had no other choice. We had to be all in -- in all aspects of our lives. Now it is time for us to lean out a bit, to let our daughters and sons step forward, to maximize this stage of our lives.

Blaming Parents for Their Children's Failings

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Nigel Barber

It is indeed true that most social problems are linked to bad parent-child relationships. Yet, parents are not nearly so much in control of that relationship as moralists assume.

The Bottom Line On Improving Social Mobility In The U.S.

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Nigel Barber

If we want to improve social mobility in this country to what it is in Europe, then we need to do more to reduce childhood poverty.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Frum-Shrum Debate if SOTU Blah or Sets Up GOP for Fall in Fall

HuffPost Radio | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2014-02-03-BothSidesNowLogoPlaincolhirescopy1.jpgDavid ('Axis of Evil') Frum & Bob ('Dream will never die,') Shrum clash over whether Obama got traction with 'Give America a Raise!' Are his unilateral actions unconstitutional or inevitable? And will GOP agree to reforms that encourage more minority/young voters?

We Should Focus on Inequality, Not Upward Mobility

Sean McElwee | Posted 03.29.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

A new "bipartisan consensus" is brewing: 2014 will be the year in which Very Serious People argue that America's primary economic goal should be increasing social mobility, not decreasing inequality.