POLITICS 08/21/2018 11:54 am ET Influential parents accused Riverdale Country School of leftist “indoctrination,” and now two teachers are gone. A parable about the real political correctness. Robert Silverman On Assignment For HuffPost On the morning of May 15, a day after Israeli soldiers shot and killed more than 60 largely unarmed Palestinian protesters on the Gaza–Israel border and injured thousands more, Joel Doerfler, a history teacher at New York City’s elite Riverdale Country School, decided to post The New York Times’ front page headline and accompanying photos in the hallway outside his classroom. “ISRAELIS KILL DOZENS IN GAZA,” read the headline, to which Doerfler added a personal note: “I support Palestinian human rights.” Doerfler, now 74 years old, had been a member of the faculty at Riverdale for more than 25 years, heading the history department since 1992. He often taught an elective course … [Read more...] about How An Elite New York City Prep School Created A Safe Space For Angry Zionists
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Michael Scherer, The Washington Post Published 1:13 pm PDT, Monday, July 16, 2018 Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Andrew Harrer Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., questions Richard Smith, former chairman and chief executive officer of Equifax., not pictured, during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington on Oct. 4, 2017. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., questions Richard Smith, former chairman and chief executive officer of Equifax., not pictured, during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington on Oct. 4, 2017. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Andrew Harrer If Trump is itching for a fight, Elizabeth Warren is happy to give it to him 1 / 1 Back to Gallery NATICK, Mass. - Ever since Donald Trump's inauguration, voters at each of Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 29 town halls have … [Read more...] about If Trump is itching for a fight, Elizabeth Warren is happy to give it to him
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Deirdre Fernandes and Laura Krantz Globe Staff July 01, 2018 Lawrence Bacow has a new vision for Harvard University and it will take him all the way to . . . Michigan. Bacow, who becomes the Ivy League institution’s 29th president this month, is out to shed Harvard’s image as a Northeast enclave for the country’s elite, in the age of President Trump’s muscular populism.In a bid to win over middle America, Bacow is venturing into Trump country and plans to visit Pontiac, Mich., a once-thriving automobile city that has fallen on hard times. Bacow, who grew up in Pontiac, plans to announce that Harvard will collaborate with schools and other institutions in that community. Advertisement “The world has changed,” Bacow said. “We are well-represented already along the coasts. I’m not sure people in the part … [Read more...] about New Harvard president Lawrence Bacow promises a more outward-looking university
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Adam Laats, Binghamton University, State University of New York (THE CONVERSATION) In a move that might surprise some, the conservative evangelical Liberty University has chosen the liberal evangelical icon Jimmy Carter to give its commencement speech this year. Based on my research into the history of evangelical higher education, however, the move makes perfect sense: The long-standing dream of conservative evangelical universities like Liberty is to be more than a niche school. Liberty’s roots go back to the fundamentalist movement, a conservative interdenominational evangelical protest that began in the 1920s. In that era, fundamentalists hoped to cleanse their churches of liberalism and public schools of evolution. In recent years, many former fundamentalists prefer other labels, such as “conservative evangelical” or simply “Christian.” … [Read more...] about Why this conservative bastion chose a liberal evangelical icon for its commencement speech
Washington — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos came here from the Grand Rapids area to reform education and expand alternatives to traditional public schools, but her agenda has been rebuffed by a Republican-led Congress and stymied by the polarized climate surrounding her tenure. Education experts say her Department of Education has few policy wins to tout after more than a year, and a series of stumbles in high-profile forums — from her confirmation hearing to a mid-March CBS “60 Minutes” interview — hurt her ability to effectively harness the bully pulpit. “She has learned quite a bit on the job,” said Mike Petrilli, president of the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a policy group in Washington that supports school choice. “This is a whole new kind of role for Betsy DeVos. She was used to being somebody who was a strategist in the background, and wasn’t someone who was out front giving a lot of speeches. She wasn’t … [Read more...] about Hard lessons for Betsy DeVos in D.C.