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David Brooks: What is your purpose?

Every reflective person sooner or later faces certain questions: What is the purpose of my life? How do I find a moral compass so I can tell right from wrong? What should I do day by day to feel fulfillment and deep joy? As late as 50 years ago, Americans could consult lofty authority figures […]

David Brooks: Love and merit

There are two great defining features of child-rearing today. First, children are now praised to an unprecedented degree. As Dorothy Parker once joked, American children aren’t raised; they are incited. They are given food, shelter and applause. That’s a thousand times more true today. Children are incessantly told how special they are. The second defining […]

April 28, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

David Brooks: Today’s skills are in flux

Several years ago, Doug Lemov began studying videos of excellent teachers. He focused not on their big strategies but on their microgestures: How long they waited before calling on students to answer a question (to give the less confident students time to get their hands up); when they paced about the classroom and when they […]

March 25, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

David Brooks: We need a plan that truly supports students

All college commencements are happy, but community college commencements are the happiest of all. Many of the graduates are the first in their extended family to have earned degrees. When their name is read, big cheering sections erupt with horns and roars from the stands. Many students are older; you’ll see 50- or 60-year-old women […]

January 28, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

David Brooks: I am not Charlie Hebdo

The journalists at Charlie Hebdo are now rightly being celebrated as martyrs on behalf of freedom of expression, but let’s face it: If they had tried to publish their satirical newspaper on any American university campus over the past two decades it wouldn’t have lasted 30 seconds. Student and faculty groups would have accused them […]

January 22, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

David Brooks: The child in the basement

Maybe you’re familiar with Ursula Le Guin’s short story, “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.” It’s about a sweet and peaceful city with lovely parks and delightful music. The people in the city are genuinely happy. They enjoy their handsome buildings and a “magnificent” farmers’ market. Le Guin describes a festival day with delicious […]

January 15, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

David Brooks: Obama in winter

They say failure can be a good teacher, but, so far, the Obama administration is opting out of the course. The post-midterm period has been one of the most bizarre of the Obama presidency. President Barack Obama has racked up some impressive foreign-policy accomplishments, but, domestically and politically, things are off the rails. Usually, presidents […]

November 20, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

David Brooks: Clinton, Obama and Iraq

Last week, Hillary Clinton had a fascinating interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic. The interview got immediate attention because of the way she discussed her differences with President Barack Obama. While admitting that no one will ever know who was right, Clinton argues that Obama might have done more to help the moderate opposition […]

August 17, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

David Brooks: The character factory

Nearly every parent on Earth operates on the assumption that character matters a lot to the life outcomes of their children. Nearly every government anti-poverty program operates on the assumption that it doesn’t. Most Democratic anti-poverty programs consist of transferring money, providing jobs or otherwise addressing the material deprivation of the poor. Most Republican anti-poverty […]

August 05, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

David Brooks: The leaderless doctrine

We’re in the middle of a remarkable shift in how Americans see the world and their own country’s role in the world. For the first time in half a century, a majority of Americans say that the United States should be less engaged in world affairs, according to the most recent Pew Research Center survey. […]

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

David Brooks: Pondering precarious futures

When foreign visitors used to describe American culture, they generally settled on different versions of one trait: energy. Whether driven by crass motivations or spiritual ones, Americans, visitors agreed, worked more frantically, moved more and switched jobs more than just about anybody else on Earth. That’s changing. In the past 60 years, for example, Americans […]

February 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Building an Opportunity Coalition

President Barack Obama can spend the remainder of his term planting a few more high-tech hubs, working on reforming the patent law and doing the other modest things he mentioned in his State of the Union address. And if he did that, he might do some marginal good, and he would manage the stately decline […]

February 06, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Addressing our inequality problem

One of the features of the Obama years is that we get to witness an enormous race, which you might call the race between meritocracy and government. On the one side, there is the meritocracy, which widens inequality. On the other side, there is President Obama’s team of progressives, who are trying to mitigate inequality. […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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