David L. Kirp, James D. Marver Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, is the author of Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools, from which this article is adapted.
Simple advances, like adequate vision and dental care, can do more for the nation's children than theoretical debates about education inequality.David KirpApr 16, 2009
Social scientist Charles Murray aims to provoke. This time, it's with four broad-brush, simplistic claims about higher education.David KirpNov 21, 2008
Geoffrey Canada founded the Harlem Children's Zone as a "conveyor belt" to transport poor kids from birth to college, by dealing with every need. Can its successes be replicated?David KirpSep 19, 2008
The Bell Curve revisited: What science teaches us about heredity and environment.David KirpNov 19, 2007