Your Child Left Behind – The Atlantic

For years, poor performance by students in America relative to those in other countries has been explained away as a consequence of our nationwide diversity. But what if you looked more closely, breaking down our results by state and searching not for an average, but for excellence?

Source: Your Child Left Behind – The Atlantic


Perhaps this is why we have 9.8% unemployment and 1.28 million discouraged unemployed? Do we have minimum wages that are higher than what these people can produce?

Also, even if the USA sucks at math, how does it compare in say art or music? Do we have better singers, more talented fashionistas, or more original artists?

Why the TSA Can’t Back Down – The Atlantic

Full-body scanners and enhanced pat-downs — the government has already invested billions in the wrong solutions

the TSA is in a bind. Regardless of whatever lobbying came before, or whatever former DHS officials had a financial interest in these scanners, the TSA has spent billions on those scanners, claiming they’re essential. But because people can opt out, the alternate manual method must be equally effective; otherwise, the terrorists could just opt out. If they make the pat-downs less invasive, it would be the same as admitting the scanners aren’t essential. Senior officials would get fired over that.

Source: Why the TSA Can’t Back Down – The Atlantic