Just Take It Again
Online courses’ tests might be too easy for students to game—and that just might be how school districts like it.
Why Bad Online Courses Are Still Taught in SchoolsBecause many of the laws regulating them are toothless—and because of an aggressive political effort to maintain that status quo.
The Angle: Montana Dreaming EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on Chief Joseph, Sgt. Pepper, and the special election in Montana.
Online Education Doesn’t Have to Be IsolatingThis pioneering high school in the Bronx is proving it.
Bottom of the ClassSchools have countless choices for online courses. Here are some of the worst.
Take These Students, PleaseSchools across the country are pursuing an extreme form of online learning: It’s all their struggling students do.
The Angle: One Big Conspiracy EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on Clarence Thomas’ surprise decision, online credit recovery, and a new movie club.
Uninspiring TerrorismGroups like ISIS have gotten dangerously good at encouraging their followers to carry out attacks. There are things we can do to stop them.
Fast. Isolating. Superficial.What class is like for the millions of high-schoolers now taking courses online.
Recuse Yourself, Rod RosensteinThe deputy attorney general should join his boss, Jeff Sessions, in stepping aside from the Russia investigation.
The Future of American ConservatismEvan McMullin joins the Political Gabfest to discuss the GOP, Trump, and what D.C. and Utah can learn from each other.
Roads & Kingdoms
Annexation SymptomsRussian rule has cut Crimea’s drug addicts off from the treatments they depend on, with sometimes deadly results.
The Rise of the Liberal Conspiracy TheoristLouise Mensch’s loony Trump fantasies fill a craving the left didn’t know it had.
“Nothing but Slumlords”Jared Kushner’s life as a predatory capitalist is the perfect symbol for the Trump White House.
“We Only Ask an Even Chance to Live as Other Men Live”Speaking in a foreign tongue, thousands of miles from the seat of power, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce found a way to fight for his people.
Why Sean Hannity Needed the Seth Rich ConspiracyWith Trump flailing and viewers fleeing, it was the perfect alternate-reality distraction.
Is Anthony Kennedy Ready to Put an End to Partisan Gerrymandering?The Supreme Court’s swing voter will decide the future of American elections.
I Am an Online Credit Recovery DropoutTo understand the computer-based courses many high-schoolers must take, I signed up for some. It was even less fun than you’d think.
The New Diploma MillsRushing to boost graduation rates, more school districts are relying on “online credit recovery”—a form of instruction that may be selling students short.
Clarence Thomas Joins Liberals, Shocks WorldA strange Supreme Court alliance just struck a blow against racial gerrymandering in the United States.
The Angle: Trump’s Big Trip EditionSlate’s daily newsletter on fish and pregnancy, the black Bachelorette, and Trump in Saudi Arabia.
Trump’s Sunni StrategyThe president wants America to take sides in the Middle East’s sectarian rivalry. That won’t end well.
Trials and Error
Dontae Sharpe Did Not Kill George RadcliffeHe’s been in prison for more than two decades for a crime he didn’t commit. Why won’t North Carolina set him free?