Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect and The Daily Beast, is a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at Columbia University. Her work on politics, women’s issues, and education has appeared in BusinessWeek, Slate, The New Republic, and The Nation.

Recent Articles

The Test Generation

What happens in the classroom when a state begins to evaluate all teachers, at every grade level, based on how well they "grow" their students' test scores? Colorado is about to find out.

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On exam day in Sabina Trombetta's Colorado Springs first-grade art class, the 6-year-olds were shown a slide of Picasso's "Weeping Woman," a 1937 cubist portrait of the artist's lover, Dora Maar, with tears streaming down her face. It is painted in vibrant -- almost neon -- greens, bluish purples, and yellows. Explaining the painting, Picasso once said, "Women are suffering machines."

The Change Game

Obama's election showed how much the country has changed; his governing has shown how much it hasn't.

Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, by Ari Berman, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 304 pages, $26.00

Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women, by Rebecca Traister, Free Press, 352 pages, $26.00

The urge to romanticize the 2008 presidential election is almost overpowering for progressives. Although the Democratic primaries were grueling, they seemed to validate the diversity of the party's coalition. Flooding the streets on election night, progressives could ecstatically celebrate America's achievement -- and their own -- in electing the first African American president.

The Innovation Administration

The White House assumes that newer ideas are always better, but that's not necessarily the case.

"Every single one of you has something you're good at," President Barack Obama told children in his Sept. 8 back-to-school address. He went on to list future occupations toward which students could strive -- doctor, teacher, police officer, architect, lawyer. Also included in that list was a career option no previous president had ever named: innovator.

Health Reform Should Regulate the Fertility Industry.

The Times is midway through a really great series on the financial, physical, and emotional wreckage often left in the wake of extreme fertility treatments. What hasn't been addressed -- at least, so far -- is how health reform would alter this landscape. As I reported in a piece for Double X, other countries highly regulate fertility clinics in order to tamp down on dangerous multiple births.

The Charter Barter

On education -- and every other social policy issue -- the Obama administration must play referee among competing experts. Is it up to the task?

Students at The Promise Academy, a charter school in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

We liberals like to flatter ourselves by proclaiming our allegiance to fact. In the immortal words of Stephen Colbert, for us, mere "truthiness" will not suffice. We demand evidence, research, science -- Truth itself.