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Conservatives For Common Core?

Former Secretary of Education makes conservative case for Common Core

Bill Bennett, the former U.S. secretary of education under Ronald Reagan, published an op-ed in Thursday's Wall Street Journal making the "conservative case for Common Core," highlighting--and igniting--the ongoing debate among conservatives over the standards.

Jindal Sues Obama Admin Over Common Core

Bobby Jindal filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over Common Core Wednesday, arguing that the government's role in pushing the standards on states threatened states' rights and abused federal funds.

Broadening the Base

Review: ‘A Race for the Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans’

We've all read it a thousand times: Republicans are not popular with Hispanic voters. Beyond that broad statement, though, there's a rich story to be told of how and why Republicans fail with this increasingly important demographic. Mike Gonzalez of the Heritage Foundation is out with a new book, A Race For The Future: How Conservatives Can Break the Liberal Monopoly on Hispanic Americans, which attempts to tell that story—and to show how Republicans might win Hispanics back.

Happiness for Scrooges

Review: ‘A Private History of Happiness’ by George Myerson

Happiness has been tackled by the greats—Plato and Aristotle—but also by, and more frequently, the not-so greats—see the self-help section.

Lost in Translation

Review: ‘Code Name: Johnny Walker’

Navy SEALs“An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details,” Roald Dahl informed his young readers. And even if a person’s life is exceptional, there’s still no guarantee it will be worth reading.

‘The New School’ Review

Glenn Harlan Reynolds on the next education revolution

American education as we know it may be headed for its last hurrah. From pre-school to grad school, the system is flailing. Test results have plateaued or fallen. Schools hire more administrators than teachers. College students are shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars for degrees, and piling up loans, only to end up begging for minimum wage jobs.

Backwards and Upwards

Review: Renewal: How A New Generation of Faithful Priests and Bishops Are Revitalizing the Catholic Church by Anne Hendershott and Christopher White

Lately something curious has been happening in the Catholic Church—and it’s not, as some would have it, that Pope Francis is rewriting the Catechism on social issues. According to a new book by Anne Hendershott and Christopher White, the Church is actually thriving where it is most orthodox.