May/ June 2012
Table of Contents

Editor’s Note

The Twilight of the Civic-minded CEO By Paul Glastris

Tilting at Windmills

Koch d'etet... The liberal Republicanosaurus... Romney's attack machine...By Charles Peters

Special Report
Special Report: The Next Big Test

Soon, nearly every state in the union will have the same demanding standards for what students should know. If history is any guide, a burst of innovation won’t be far behind.

Transcontinental Education

Soon, nearly every state in the union will have the same demanding standards for what students should know. If history is any guide, a burst of innovation won’t be far behind.
By Robert Rothman

A Test Worth Teaching To

The race to fix America’s broken system of standardized exams.
By Susan Headden

Grand Test Auto

The end of testing.
By Bill Tucker

Features
The Anchor

Forget Rachel, Bill, Anderson, and Sean. The broadcaster who will most determine the 2012 elections is Jorge Ramos.
By Laura M. Colarusso

A Fish Story

How an angler and two government bureaucrats may have saved the Atlantic Ocean.
By Alison Fairbrother

On Political Books
Losing Our Religion

Ross Douthat rightly asserts that religious faith is essential to America’s understanding of itself. But his own understanding of religion is suspiciously selective.
By Paul Baumann

Peaced Out

Peter Beinart warns that American Jews must refocus on the democratic and humanitarian principles of Zionism before Israel becomes simply another despotic Middle Eastern state.
By Joshua Hammer

The New Nixon

How it took a novelist to make Richard Nixon seem human.
By Jamie Malanowski

Arab Springboard

American democracy promotion didn’t spark the Arab uprisings, but a shared hatred of our Middle East policies sure helped them spread.
By Keach Hagey