The Present and Past Use of Quarantine in the United States

In 1918 American school children created a new schoolyard rhyme: I had a little bird, And its name was Enza. I opened a window, And in flew Enza. That year and the following, 25 million Americans became sick with the flu and an estimated 670,000 people died. It was one of the worst epidemics the […]

Friday Five: ‘Tis the Season

The snow is falling, the bells are ringing and controversy is in the air.  This week was filled with lots of brouhaha—check it out below! Social media is abuzz debating Beyonce’s feminism and Duck Dynasty’s homophobia but unfortunately not enough people are talking about R. Kelly’s sexual predation on teenage girls. Get the scoop @VillageVoice […]

A Backward Proposal for Improving America’s Future

With the nation’s position as a global power at stake, educators at all levels are under significant pressure to produce a new generation of Americans who can compete successfully at the global level.  Unfortunately, reports show that U.S. students are falling behind (see here and here), leading policymakers to push for more rigorous standards in […]

Friday Five: It’s starting to look a lot like winter break!

The fall semester is wrapping up, we are well into a shorter holiday buying season, and cold weather is taking over the country. As we look forward to the winter break, many of us over a stack of papers to be graded, these are the stories that caught our attention. Are professors going extinct or […]