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

About the Nobel.

One of the sad/ridiculous/poignant things about this is that the Peace Prize is something Obama could have aspired to in the later years of his presidency, or even afterward. Now, here he is at 48 years old, being awarded this incredibly prestigious prize for goals he has yet to accomplish. -- Dana Goldstein

Is "Constitutionalism" Replacing "Social Issues" for Grassroots Conservatives?

Conor Friedersdorf is working on an interesting project, " The GOP Speaks ." He e-mailed questionnaires about the future of the Republican Party to county party chairs across the country. So far he's received 20 responses, and while a few are thoughtful and sane , a large portion claim Barack Obama is trampling upon the U.S. Constitution and laud Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh as sages. I'm especially fascinated by this movement toward Constitutional originalism -- not just as a judicial ideology but as a rhetorical tool to claim that almost any social spending, from health care to the creation of green jobs, is un-American. A few choice responses to Conor's survey, which asks, "What is the most worrisome part of Barack Obama's presidency?" (These are the original responses, typos and all.) Anonymous county chairperson : "The concern is Mr. Obama doesn't seem to have one check or balance put up against him. I realize that the congress and the senate are controlled by the Dem.s, but come...

On Polanski, One Last Thing.

Thank you, Jay Smooth . Hat tip: Jessica Valenti -- Dana Goldstein

With Every New Program, DOE Further Ignores School Segregation.

I've been writing frequently here about the Race to the Top program, in which the Department of Education will reward a total of $4.3 billion to a few handpicked states -- those who plan to focus on a reform agenda of teacher merit pay, charter school expansion, national curriculum standards, and test-based accountability. This week, the DOE rolled out regulations for its second high-profile grant competition, " Investing in Innovation ," or i3. This $650 million fund will be awarded to local districts and nonprofits committed to the same agenda promoted by Race to the Top. For i3, though, the entities that receive the grants must also arrange for a 20 percent private sector matching contribution, typically from either a foundation or corporation. On Sept. 24, when Secretary Arne Duncan finally admitted, in a big speech , that "many" American children remain racially segregated at school, and "we must work together to change that," I hoped the DOE would consider using Race to the Top...

Real Numbers on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

I've noticed that every time I write about domestic violence -- whether the topic is Rihanna or insurance companies classifying abuse as a pre-existing condition -- "men's rights" trolls come out of the woodwork to claim there is no proof women are more likely to be victimized by intimate partners than men. "Dana, why are you a sexist pig?" wrote one unhinged commenter . "You know that domestic violence [ sic ] anywhere from 30-60% male victims depending on the research." This claim fails the sniff test and defies common sense. It's also factually untrue. Last week the Justice Department released its latest National Crimes Victimization Survey, which features a special section on female victims of violence . The survey included 76,000 households, and while domestic violence is infamously underreported, the report does sketch out the contours of the problem. First, the good news: On the whole, domestic violence is down between 1993 and 2008. But unsurprisingly, women remain over five...