If I had to name the most important institution in American life, and the one with the most potential for changing the course of our country, it would be the humble elementary school. Especially the 20,000 or so high-poverty elementary schools in the nation’s cities and inner-ring suburbs, educating millionsContinue Reading

Historian and author Catherine Ostler relates the tale of Elizabeth Chudleigh, a glamorous Duchess-Countess whose high-profile bigamy trial fascinated Georgian society. She also charts how Chudleigh managed to reinvent herself after this very public downfall. Catherine Ostler is the author of The Duchess Countess: The Woman Who Scandalised A Nation (SimonContinue Reading

In the medieval period, changes of hairstyle could be dangerously confusing, while 17th-century Puritans believed personal grooming was dangerously close to sinful vanity… 1 Dirty is good The 12th-century monk who wrote the book called An Apology for Beards argues that the “marvellous mystery” of matted, greasy hair indicates “interiorContinue Reading

A puzzle of pandemic public opinion has been the hesitance of lower-income parents to return their children to in-person instruction. National polling from the University of Southern California has found parents with household income below $30,000 a year generally preferring a remote option for their children. Parents with household incomeContinue Reading

As Leonardo and his friend Giovanni di Gavina were passing the public benches at the Palazzo Spini Feroni, near Florence’s Church of Santa Trinita, some men were debating a passage in Dante. They called out to Leonardo, asking him to expound the passage for them. By chance, Michelangelo happened toContinue Reading

The newest outpost of the College Board, the American standardized-testing organization, lies nearly 7,300 miles east of the nonprofit organization’s headquarters in New York City. Opened in 2019 in the Mahrauli section of Delhi, the four-person office of College Board India commands an enviable view of Qutub Minar, the world’sContinue Reading