Gains in Houston Schools: How Real Are They?

…Ms. Arevelo discovered the distance between what Texas public schools called success and what she needed to know. Trained to write five-paragraph “persuasive essays” for the state exam, she was stumped by her first [college] writing assignment…. “I had good grades in high school, so I thought I could do well in college,” Ms. Arevelo said. “I thought I was getting a good education. I was shocked.” –Diana Jean Schmeo…

The Trouble with Misfits

Santa Claus needed Rudolph, Hermey, and Yukon Cornelius, and during the show’s climactic blizzard, the outcasts negotiated a place within the North Pole’s hegemonic power structure… | One can only imagine the looks on the faces of the children who unwrapped the misfit toys. Did they laugh and cheer for the squirt gun that sprayed jelly and the cowboy who rode an ostrich? The polka-dotted elephant might have been fun,…

The Search for Isabella V

The story you are about to read is true. It involves a fugitive heiress, guns, money, and layers of Internet intimacy and deception. It is a mystery that takes place at the edge of technology. And it is unlike anything you’ve ever read before. –John H. Richardson –The Search for Isabella V (Esquire) A fascinating additional layer in the “Flight Risk” story (see the abbreviated back story or the abbrv bk…