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Wrong Answer

Facing increased pressure to perform on standardized tests, a group of Atlanta teachers begin cheating. "After more than two thousand interviews, the investigators concluded that forty-four schools had cheated and that a 'culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation has infested the district, allowing cheating—at all levels—to go unchecked for years.' They wrote that data had been 'used as an abusive and cruel weapon to embarrass and punish.' Several teachers had been told that they had a choice: either make targets or be placed on a Performance Development Plan, which was often a precursor to termination."

PUBLISHED: July 14, 2014
LENGTH: 35 minutes (8962 words)

Chasing A-Rod

I first met Alex Rodriguez at the Delano, the chic South Beach hotel in his hometown of Miami. In the rear of the outdoor restaurant where I waited, a towering white curtain substituted for a…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 1, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (902 words)

Top 5 Longreads of the Week + Member Drive Update

2. The End of Illth: In Search of an Economy That Won't Kill Us Erik Reece | Harper's | Oct. 4, 2013 | 22 minutes (5,710 words)The writer looks at a network of worker-owned businesses in Cleveland…
LENGTH: 1 minutes (318 words)

Nightmare in Maryville: Teens’ sexual encounter ignites a firestorm against family

MARYVILLE, Mo. — There wasn’t much left by the time she arrived, just a burnt-out structure and the haze of smoke that lingered around it. The siding and gutters had melted. The roof was…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 13, 2013
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4877 words)

If He Hollers Let Him Go

Although the city of Dayton is small and has been hit hard by the decline of industry, in Xenia and Yellow Springs the land is green, fecund, and alive, even in the relentless heat of summer. Xenia…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 1, 2013
LENGTH: 36 minutes (9228 words)

The Case Against High-School Sports

Every year, thousands of teenagers move to the United States from all over the world, for all kinds of reasons. They observe everything in their new country with fresh eyes, including basic features…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 18, 2013
LENGTH: 17 minutes (4384 words)

They’re Taking Over!

Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean by Lisa-ann Gershwin, with a foreword by Sylvia Earle University of Chicago Press, 424 pp., $27.50            …
PUBLISHED: Sept. 26, 2013
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3806 words)

Top 5 Longreads of the Week

5. The LetterElon Green | The Awl | July 3, 2013 | 17 minutes (4,379 words) S.I. Newhouse's contentious appointment of Robert Gottlieb as the editor of The New Yorker in 1987, and what Gottlieb did…
LENGTH: 1 minutes (292 words)

Top 5 Longreads of the Week

3. The Longest Hunger Strike Ann Neumann | Guernica | January 15, 2013 | 21 minutes (5,454 words) A prisoner in Connecticut who is protesting his conviction by refusing food is now being force-fed.…