Education in America

Education in America: L.A. Times Teacher Ratings

The Los Angeles Times has once again published “Value Added” ratings for all of its 3rd through 8th grade teachers, and the response is everything you might expect.  Teachers are angry for an assortment of reasons, teacher haters in comments sections are sharpening the points on their good pitchforks and once again, we’re trying to […]


“You’re Going to be Fat!”: Genetics & Weight

Over the holidays, I told someone a story about how I was such an obese little baby that my parents called me “the beached whale” (they weren’t being dramatic, either; old Christmas photos show a tiny baby head atop a massive expanse of velour-swathed body). She replied, “Really? Did you know that the fat cells […]