What It Do: Testing The Teachers

I came of age amid the opening cusp of the time of the standardized test. During elementary school, the California Achievement Test came around every year to classify the dumbs from the smarts, and offer parents tangible quantification of their child’s intellectual worth.

I loved the tests. I was great …

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What It Do: Brooklyn Burning Part II: Kimani’s Blackness

In a recent column discussing the tragic death of Kimani Gray, the teenager gunned down by plainclothes NYPD officers, I left one important aspect of the story untouched: the fact that Kimani Gray was a young black male. The omission was intentional, an effort not to reduce the tragedy to …

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What It Do: Thieves In The Night

We got hustled last Tuesday. The Supreme Court heard arguments about Proposition 8, and national attention was understandably fixated. Twitter exploded with pithy statements of support, Facebook turned into a sea of red equal signs (with a few contrary variations appearing on the pages of gay marriage opponents). Bloggers hung …

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What It Do: Brooklyn Burning

It’s been less than three weeks since NYPD bullets ended a 16-year-old’s life in East Flatbush. Less than two since a 21-year-old put a bullet through an old man’s brain near Prospect Park. God only knows what will happen before this goes to print.

Better journalists than myself have done …

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What It Do: Brave New World

In 1997, when scientists successfully grew a human ear on the back of a mouse—without the use of any genetic trickery—the photograph became one of the internet’s first truly viral hits. The biological science community touted it as a revolutionary breakthrough (which it was) but at the time, the idea …

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What It Do: Blood From A Stone

Chris Dodd, former Democratic senator and supposed crusader against the corruption of Wall Street, cleared a cool $2.4 million in 2011 as head of the Motion Picture Association Of America. To earn his keep, Dodd became the film industry’s DC knee-breaker, twisting arms and greasing wheels in support of legislation …

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Young Democratic Socialists Winter Conference: Turning The Tide

On a chilly Friday night in downtown Brooklyn, Jackie Sewell, the youth organizer for the Democratic Socialists Of America, floats around the lobby of St. Francis College, spinning metaphorical plates and letting a whispered “shit” fly periodically as she prepares to greet the attendees of the Young Democratic Socialists Winter …

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What It Do: The “S” Word

Franklin Delano Roosevelt killed American socialism.

When Roosevelt took first took up residence at the White House in 1933, the nation was several years into the Great Depression, and people were looking to the federal government to take aggressive action to relieve the suffering. There was some limited opposition, but …

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What It Do: The Struggle Continues

The GOP is fading into history. A recent USA Today/Pew Research poll placed the percentage of Americans who self-identify as Republicans at a record low of 22 percent, which is five points below George W. Bush’s lowest approval rating. In their nonstop attempts to undermine President Obama, national Republicans …

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What It Do: ID, Please

If you lose your wallet the week before a flight, it’s a good idea to give yourself plenty of time. Not because of airport security—you’ll breeze through that with relative speed. Not because of the sheriff who pulls you over for tailgating, searches your vehicle, and lets you go with …

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