We’re trying something a bit different today. Below is a brief rundown of our thoughts on some of the biggest news and most interesting trends of the day. If you want the full experience, check out our column here.
The US coronavirus response is a disgrace: We’re by far the worst in the G7, and our cases are growing while cases in comparable countries are shrinking. The US will be paying our incompetence for years to come.
At least there’s finally a drug that seems to help.
The George Floyd protests aren’t one movement. They are five movements, each with a somewhat different goal: one to reform the policy locally; one to do it nationally; one to bring justice to individual victims of police violence; one to topple statues and change names; one to root out systemic racism in workplaces.
Fine, dump the SAT. But replace it with a much, much harder test. Harvard and the rest of the Ivy League have abandoned the SAT and ACT for next year. That’s a good start, because the tests are pretty useless. But we need a different reform. The best school systems in the world build to a difficult final exam at the end of high school. The US should too.
Please don’t ruin the Voice of America. Its objective reporting has won it (and the US) a huge amount of hard-earned credibility. The great journalist running it has just resigned, and the Trump administration seems determined to warp it into a Trump propaganda machine.
Has Liberty become the most important university in America? Jerry Falwell Jr. has captured Trump’s attention and made Liberty the home for Trump-leaning evangelicals. Now a Liberty staffer has won a congressional primary.