The national drive for education reform has touched off many power struggles, but one has emerged as fundamental.


Most of the problems with testing have one surprising source: cheating by school administrators and teachers.

Today’s new austerity may have an upside if it prods schools to embrace new technologies that cut costs and improve learning.


WikiLeaks’ tsunami of revelations from U.S. government sources last year did not change the world, but it did change WikiLeaks.

Theodore Roosevelt famously used the “bully pulpit” of the White House to advance his agenda. By the time he left office, “spin” had become a fundamental part of the American presidency.

It is easy to scoff at the prestigious commissions that constantly sprout in Washington as empty exercises in buck passing—until you take stock of all they have accomplished.


As Arab political horizons expand, the space for the United States to pursue its interests in the Middle East may well contract.

The Arab world’s wave of change was a century in the making. Why expect its effects to become clear in the space of months?

The Arab revolts of 2011 have transformed the image of the Islamic world. One young Egyptian woman’s struggle reflects the scope of change—and shows how long it has been in coming.

In Egypt, the next important battles over the political future will be waged with law books and computer keyboards.