Dana Goldstein

Dana Goldstein, a former associate editor and writer at the Prospect, comes from a family of public school educators. She received the Spencer Fellowship in Education Journalism, a Schwarz Fellowship at the New America Foundation, and a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellowship at the Nation Institute. Her journalism is regularly featured in SlateThe AtlanticThe NationThe Daily Beast, and other publications, and she is a staff writer at the Marshall Project. 

Recent Articles


In a New York Times op-ed yesterday, Israeli journalist Aluf Benn asked President Obama to soften his tough anti-settlement talk with a conciliatory speech to the Israeli public, which is increasingly skeptical of the American president. Regardless of what you think of this idea, it's pretty clear that there is a pernicious narrative emerging , suggesting that Obama owes it to Israelis to woo them more than he already has in his Cairo address -- as if he were the president of Israel and not the United States. Benn's piece is quite strange. He recognizes that some of Obama's unpopularity is driven by the reactionary Israeli right, which sows mistrust (and bias) by casually throwing around the president's middle name, "Hussein." And ridiculously, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyhu supposedly refers to Obama's top advisers, Rahm Emmanuel and David Axelrod , as "self-hating Jews." But then Benn engages in some anti-Obama scare-mongering himself, suggesting that the American president's view of...


The AP has an anonymously sourced report on the compromise health-reform legislation emerging out of the Senate Finance Committee. It isn't looking good. Some features of the bill: No government-funded public-insurance option, and no national health-insurance exchange. These features of the House tri-committee and Senate HELP bills are intended to bring down costs by fostering competition on the largest scale possible. Instead, Finance is suggesting regional health co-operatives in which private insurers compete without government intervention. This is likely to lower premiums somewhat, but the smaller size and geographic reach of the co-ops will make them far weaker than a national exchange. And no for-profit company is likely to offer a plan as inexpensive as national public insurance. An individual mandate to buy health insurance, but no employer mandate. This is regressive. Large employers that refuse to offer health coverage to their workers will have to reimburse the federal...

A "Uniquely American" Abortion Debate

The notion that tax dollars shouldn't pay for abortions is an international aberration, an example of American exceptionalism run amok.

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Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, John Dingell -- all over Washington, Democrats who once supported single-payer health care are calling Congress' stalled health-reform efforts "uniquely American." This poll-tested rhetoric is intended to reassure us that a small public-insurance option won't kill capitalism. And yet, the longer the health-reform debate drags on, the longer we have to notice that what's "uniquely American" about our health-care system may be what is least worth preserving, from the outsize influence of private insurers to the role of skinflint employers as health-care middlemen. But perhaps the most surreal -- and American -- element of the health-reform debate has been the extent to which abortion politics have slowed the proceedings. Just as the United States spends a greater percentage of its gross domestic product on health care than any other industrialized country, yet has worse health outcomes, the notion that tax dollars shouldn't pay for abortions is an...


Everybody who's anybody is reading this Michael Massing piece in The New York Review of Books , which smartly surveys the current landscape of original web reporting and analysis. I just want to say that although Massing doesn't make note of this fact, a startling number of the figures he lauds began their careers at The American Prospect , including Josh Marshall , Matthew Yglesias , and Ezra Klein . If you're reading TAPPED these days, you'll be able to say you knew Adam Serwer and Tim Fernholz way back when. Lucky you! -- Dana Goldstein


Although universities produce 14 to 16 times more educational research in a year than advocacy-oriented think tanks, a new study of the media outlets that most influence education news coverage -- the New York Times , Washington Post , and Eduction Week -- finds that think tank reports are more likely to be cited by reporters. What's more, think tank reports perceived as "centrist" or "right" garner more media coverage than those perceived as "left." According to the study's author, Holly Yettick of UC-Boulder, this disproportionate focus on think tank research is harmful to the public's understanding of educational issues, since reporters rarely discuss whether or not research has been peer-reviewed or has an ideological bias. "Most research reports will not lose news value during the time taken to verify their soundness. A good method of conducting such verification is to consult with a trustworthy person with expertise in research design and statistics," Yettick tells journalists,...