A review of this week's coverage, plus Marxist Classics and a few articles from the archive
Focus: Standardized Testing
THEY TURNED OUR SCHOOLS INTO TESTING FACTORIES
For students and teachers, springtime means testing time--but this year, it also means protests and boycotts against the standardized testing mania.
Comment: David Russitano
CALIFORNIA IS FAILING THE TEST
Adding a new twist to the testing madness, the state of California plans to assess millions of kids--and throw away the results.
MEET THE NEW TEST
There's a new Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), but its soul-crushing concentration on "job readiness" is still the same.
Focus: Palestine Solidarity
Comment: Eric Ruder
ADMINISTRATORS AGAINST JUSTICE
The war of campus administrators against students and faculty who speak in support of Palestinian rights has reached a new crescendo.
Interview: Ryan Branagan
FROM ROXBURY TO RAMALLAH
A member of Students for Justice in Palestine at Northeastern University talks about solidarity in the face of an attack.
Focus: Union Struggles
Report: Thomas Grace
VT. DRIVERS HIT THE PICKET LINE
Bus drivers who make the public transit system run in the most populated county of Vermont are out on strike.
Analysis: Sara Swetzoff
READY FOR A STRIKE AT PSU
Faculty and their supporters at Portland State University are preparing for a potential strike--and so is the other side.
Comment: Don Lash
SOCIAL WORKERS WIN A VICTORY
After striking in December, social workers in the LA County child welfare system ratified a contact that met their key demands.
More Top Articles of the Week
Comment: Lance Selfa
ARE ANY LIBERALS LEFT?
A discussion underway on the left raises important questions about the Democratic Party--and whether it can be changed from the inside.
MYTHS ABOUT THE FIGHT FOR 15
In Seattle, there's growing support for a $15 an hour minimum wage, but employers are fighting back, using the complaint that small businesses will suffer.
Analysis: Alan Maass
BATTLE OVER UKRAINE INTENSIFIES
Russia's annexation of Crimea has been made "official"--escalating the superpower conflict over the future of Ukraine.
Comment: Marlene Martin
STILL WAITING ON JUSTICE
In Illinois, 37-year-old Adolfo Davis has a chance at living life outside of prison for the first time since he was 14 years old.
Comment: Brian Ward
COMING TOGETHER OVER KXL
The Cowboy Indian Alliance--which unites Native peoples with ranchers and farmers--is planning days of pipeline protests.
Obituary: Tony Benn
TONY BENN'S REAL LEGACY
Benn upended the cliché that socialists grow more moderate as they age--on the contrary, he became more radical.
Comment: Vladimir Lenin
THE QUESTION OF NATIONALITIES
In letters written in 1922, Lenin argued about the approach of the Russian workers' state toward oppressed nations.
From Our Archives
Column: Paul D'Amato
THE TALE OF TWO APARTHEIDS
South Africa under the former apartheid regime had a history of close ties to Israel--based on the two countries' identification with each other's racist cause.
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