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Test scores cast doubt on school vouchers

Proponents of “school choice” say that voucher programs—which allow parents to use state education funds to enroll their children in private schools—promote learning by providing access to different types of schools and by fostering competition that motivates public schools to improve.

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Japan’s gender-bending history

I’m an anthropologist who grew up in Japan and has lived there, off and on, for 22 years. Yet every visit to Tokyo’s Harajuku District still surprises me. In the eye-catching styles modeled by fashion-conscious young adults, there’s a kind of street theater, with crowded alleyways serving as catwalks for teenagers peacocking colorful, inventive outfits.

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