FROM Todd Balf
What's Behind the SAT Overhaul? The Scholastic Aptitude Test administered by the College Board has no shortage of critics. The multi-campus University of California threatened to dump it in 2005, after which the Board added a written essay. Now, one of the latest changes will be making the essay optional. Changes in the SAT were announced yesterday by David Coleman, who became President of the College Board in 2012. The "story behind the SAT overhaul" is the subject of a lengthy article upcoming in Sunday's New York Times Magazine written by contributing writer Todd Balf.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?