Struggle is a natural part of learning

Austen Kassinger teaches second grade in Denver. I was determined to make Mrs. Hall’s list. Our tough fourth-grade math teacher was infamous for her sharp comments — “You look like a lost ball in high weeds” — as well as her annual prize to the few students she deemed...

Can the Va. GOP rise to the challenge of climate change?

The National Climate Assessment released last month tells us that climate disruption and its heat, droughts and floods are already upon us, bringing abrupt, at times catastrophic, change to the United States. It also tells us that things will continue to worsen, especially if we...

Can monarchies survive?

Jim Hoagland is a contributing editor to The Post. Growing up on a farm in the red clay foothills of the Appalachians did not dispose me to view monarchy as a useful political system. The person who did the most to change that belief was Spain’s King Juan Carlos, who...
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Editorial: The number of jobs grows, but not labor force participation

U.S. BUSINESS is once again creating jobs in bunches. Payrolls increased 217,000 in May, according to Friday’s monthly update from the Labor Department; it was the fourth straight month of above-200,000 employment growth. All 8.7 million jobs lost during the Great Recession...
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Editorial: Endorsements for Prince George’s County Council

IT’S BEEN about 25 years since a sitting member of the Prince George’s County Council sought reelection and lost; the last time it happened, an incumbent was convicted on corruption charges just before Election Day and ended up backing his write-in opponent. Had the...

Yardley: Book review: ‘Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America’

Truth to tell, though, surprise has always been Waters’s stock in trade: sometimes, as an especially notorious scene in “Pink Flamingos” vividly illustrates, surprise of a rather unpleasant sort, but surprise all the same. That scene, in which the celebrated actor Divine...
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‘Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice’ by Sam Chaltain

Education OUR SCHOOL Searching for Communityin the Era of Choice By Sam Chaltain Teachers College. 192 pp. Paperback, $26.95 In Washington, D.C., about 43 percent of students attend charter schools, and only 25 percent attend their assigned neighborhood schools. Washington...

Book review: ‘Dear Leader,’ a look inside North Korea, by Jang Jin-sung

In his 20s, he became one of the “Admitted,” meaning that he personally met the late Kim Jong Il (whose third son, Kim Jong Un, is now the absolute leader). Jang ate flaming ice cream with the diminutive Dear Leader and got close enough to him to spy on his platform shoes,...

Book review: “Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space,” by Lynn Sherr

Ride was a California gal, born into a loving and free-thinking family, but one that was not overly demonstrative. From early on, she was introverted and guarded but raised by her parents with the liberal mind-set (unusual for the 1950s) that women were equal to men. A sports...

Review: ‘Eight World Cups’ by George Vecsey and ‘Why Soccer Matters’ by Pelé

Eric Wills is a senior editor at Architect magazine. I grew up during the youth-soccer boom in the United States, and I joined school and travel teams in the mid-1980s. But the soccer that we — and so many other kids around the country — played was a crude interpretation of the...
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