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Laura McKenna

Laura McKenna is a political science professor who lives in New Jersey. She blogs at 11D.
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The Case for Universal Preschool

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 - by Laura McKenna

The benefits can't be summarized in a quantitative study.

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Special Ed Wars Look Different From the Front Lines

Thursday, June 19th, 2008 - by Laura McKenna

Think schools have a financial incentive to label normal kids as disabled? Think again.

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Let’s Give the Mommybloggers Some Respect

Sunday, May 25th, 2008 - by Laura McKenna

They may be sneered at in the New York Times and accused of endangering children's welfare by Kathy Lee Gifford — but parenting blogs are more popular than ever.

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Hillary Voters on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008 - by Laura McKenna

You don't have to be a "shoulder-pad feminist" to cast a gender-driven vote. Laura McKenna looks at why many women have chosen Hillary.

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Desperate (Green) Housewives

Monday, February 18th, 2008 - by Laura McKenna

The New York Times has turned environmentally conscious mothers into their latest target of derision. Unfair, says Laura McKenna. If you're going to mock, why not make fun of the whole green movement?

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A Mom By Any Other Name

Friday, February 15th, 2008 - by Laura McKenna

Laura McKenna wants to "reclaim 'mom' to connote cosmopolitan, worldly, publicly engaged and throw away, once and for all, the outmoded view that moms are nothing more than the emotional and nutritional providers for their children."

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Katie Couric’s Big Mistake

Sunday, January 27th, 2008 - by Laura McKenna

What was Katie Couric thinking when she left the Today Show to anchor the CBS Evening News? Laura McKenna contends that Couric made a fatal career miscalculation. To the college students McKenna teaches, the once-vaunted Prestigious Evening Network Anchor belongs in a museum.

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What Do Women (Voters) Want?

Thursday, January 10th, 2008 - by Laura McKenna

For Democrats, it had been pretty clear that the answer to the question above was "Hillary Clinton" - until the Iowa caucuses, when the female vote unexpectedly tipped in favor of Barack Obama. Then, just as unexpectedly, women voters in New Hampshire powered a Hillary comeback. Laura McKenna examines - without tears - how it happened.

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Seriously, Folks: School Voucher Proponents Need to Get Real

Friday, November 9th, 2007 - by Laura McKenna

PJM Debate: The debate between Laura McKenna and Megan McArdle over school vouchers rages on into its third day. Today, McKenna explains why the theory that vouchers will give birth to lots of new shiny high-quality private schools just doesn't work.

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