Teaching Children Regardless of Grade

Educators in a remote valley in India devised a community approach to instructing students when teachers were sparse. It’s catching on. Padmanabha Rao, a leader of the Rishi Valley Institute for Educational Resources, with a student in Andhra Pradesh, India. Mr. Rao is a creator of an approach that encourages children to learn on their […]

That Christmas When the Trumps Saw Red

Anger can be power. But maybe it shouldn’t be. Trees made from red berries line the East Colonnade during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House on Nov. 26, 2018.CreditCreditLeah Millis/Reuters Bret Stephens: Gail, I was all set for us to converse about Michael Cohen and the Russians. And then the death of […]

Australia’s Misguided Turn Inward

A decade of political self-indulgence is leaving the country without a credible voice in Asia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, right, and the Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, at a recent meeting on the sidelines of an international summit in Singapore.CreditCreditMick Tsikas/EPA, via Shutterstock MELBOURNE, Australia — A wealthy country that should be well placed […]

News Flash: No Major Damage Done at G-20!

President Trump refrained from publicly vilifying American institutions, assailing political adversaries, insulting allies or committing major gaffes. President Trump flanked by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, last week in Argentina. Mr. Trump does not appear to have grievously insulted either.CreditCreditTom Brenner for The New York Times Rarely […]

Wisconsin Is About to Make a Huge Mistake

The lame duck, heavily gerrymandered Republican Legislature plans to vote on Tuesday to limit the powers of the incoming governor and attorney general, who are — surprise — Democrats. After failing to win re-election in the 2018 race, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin addresses members of the media from his office in Madison, Wis., on […]

Why Does Alex Acosta Still Have a Job?

The cabinet official’s connection to a shady deal for an alleged child molester. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. When he was Miami’s top federal prosecutor, he short-circuited an investigation into sex abuse accusations against the financier Jeffrey Epstein, The Miami Herald reported.CreditCreditAndrew Harrer/Bloomberg, via Getty Images It is the perverse good fortune of Alexander Acosta, Donald […]

Climate Denial Was the Crucible for Trumpism

It’s where the conspiracy theorizing and menacing of critics began. Vice President Mike Pence and President Trump during a briefing about Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office on Sept. 11, 2018.CreditCreditPete Marovich for The New York Times Many observers seem baffled by Republican fealty to Donald Trump — the party’s willingness to back him on […]

No News Is Bad News for Hungary

The autocrat Viktor Orban has taken control of much of the country’s media. CreditCreditAdam McCauley The world’s growing ranks of would-be autocrats should study Viktor Orban. Steadily, systematically, relentlessly, he has disabled any criticism or honest accounting of his imposition of right-wing, nativist, nationalist politics on all spheres of Hungarian life. His latest feat is […]

Robots in Health Care

A reader asks what will happen if we will allow them to replace human interaction. CreditCreditDmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times To the Editor: Re “Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver” (Business Day, Nov. 27): Working as a nurse in a home for dementia patients decades ago, I saw the emotional value of even stuffed […]

Why Are Gender Reveal Parties a Thing?

They say a lot more about our culture than they do about the sex of our soon-to-be children. This image, taken from a video provided by the Forest Service, shows the moment a gender-reveal party sparked a wildfire in Green Valley, Ariz., in April 2017.CreditCreditAgence France-Presse — Getty Images I know you’ve been wondering what […]