Winter 2015

Cover Story

School Reform Fails the Test

How can our schools get better when we’ve made our teachers the problem and not the solution?

by Mike Rose


Habits of Mind

Why college students who do serious historical research become independent, analytical thinkers

by Anthony Grafton and James Grossman

What I Have Taught—and Learned

After 50 years as a professor, I understand that my job is to make students think hard about thinking

by William M. Chace


Donald Hall, a former poet laureate of the United States, died on June 23 at age 89. This essay about life on Eagle Pond Farm in New Hampshire, where Hall lived and worked for more than 40 years, appeared in our Winter 2015 issue.

by Donald Hall

For Better and for Worse

The aftermath of a disorienting divorce

by Clellan Coe

Traveling Corpse

How an American sergeant’s journey through frigid North Russia inspired a work of historical fiction

by Andrea Barrett