By MICHAEL GERSON - Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The Common Core standards are actually an attempt by governors—including many conservative, Republican governors—to set some coherent standards on what children should know about math and English by various grade levels. It emphasizes analytic reasoning and the interpretation of “informational texts,” including historical documents such as the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Thursday, May 16, 2013
If there is any thread that unites the three latest scandals, it is government heavy-handedness. Seizing the phone records of, say, three editors and reporters would constitute a leak investigation. Seizing the phone records of perhaps 100 is a fishing expedition and a form of intimidation.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The practices already admitted by the IRS were not political insensitivity; they were political corruption. They amounted to an intrusive, ideologically targeted federal investigation of an American political movement.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Friday, May 10, 2013
WASHINGTON -- In some cases, the fog of war is initially thick, then dissipates. Following the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the facts were initially clear. The fog was a later addition.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Tuesday, May 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The Rev. Jim Wallis is a man of the left -- perhaps the defining figure of the evangelical left.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Friday, May 3, 2013
President Obama seems to have a broader strategy in staying on the sidelines concerning Syria. Insofar as there is an Obama Doctrine, it is this: America has overinvested resources and attention in thankless Middle Eastern conflicts and underinvested in other places, particularly Asia. Obama’s goal is to rebalance the portfolio. And Syria doesn’t fit.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Tuesday, April 30, 2013
As President Obama’s second term reaches the 100-day milestone, his legislative yield is particularly paltry.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Friday, April 26, 2013
Put this in the category of backhanded compliments: Many politicians who are eager to criticize the legacy of George W. Bush have managed to embrace the Bush agenda.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Tuesday, April 23, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The threat of terrorism is real, whether a given ideology finds it convenient or not. Consistent pressure on terrorist networks, including drone strikes, has made spectacular, al-Qaeda-like attacks less likely. Yet homegrown, jihadist-inspired violence is a continuing danger.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Friday, April 19, 2013
The Boston bombings set off a different sort of search—not for advantage but for facts and information. This is the occupation law enforcement, as well as the calling of journalism.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Tuesday, April 16, 2013
What American food aid programs need most is not additional money but additional flexibility.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Friday, April 12, 2013
Margaret Thatcher refused to live quietly amid the ruins. She developed a critique of democratic socialism both rowdy and libertarian.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Friday, April 5, 2013
Statements from Iranian leaders on Israel and Zionism are not merely hate speech. They have the hallmarks of incitement to genocide.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Tuesday, April 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A recent ruling by the Indiana Supreme Court represented the school choice movement's largest victory to date. The tie between a ZIP code and an educational outcome is being broken—whatever our intentions.
By MICHAEL GERSON - Friday, March 29, 2013
The fastest-growing religious affiliation today is the lack of religious affiliation—the rise of the “nones,” as in “none of the above,” who now constitute nearly 20 percent of the population.
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