Trump prepares to pass the world leadership baton to China

By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 We do not yet have the official agenda for next month’s meeting in Florida between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. But after 75 years of U.S. leadership on the world stage, the Mar-a-Lago summit might mark the beginning of a handover of power from the United … Continue reading

Sarah Lawrence College, 86th Commencement

by Fareed Zakaria President Lawrence, Chairman of the Board John Hill, Trustees, members of the faculty, parents, and, of course– the reason we are all here – graduating seniors. Thank you for inviting me to be part of this wonderful tradition. This is one of the great moments in American life and it is a … Continue reading

America’s educational failings

by Fareed Zakaria/The Washington Post It is now well known that Thomas Piketty — the French economist and author of the 700-page bestseller “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” — argues that the free market tends to produce inequalities of wealth that become dynastic and anti-meritocratic. The solution that everyone is talking about is taxing the … Continue reading

Is the U.S. making the grade in education?

By Fareed Zakaria The latest international student evaluations, the PISA test results, are out, and one thing is clear: The United States has not done well. Beyond that, the exams have become, professor Jay Greene points out, a Rorschach test. People read into them pretty much whatever they want. So Randi Weingarten of the American … Continue reading

When Will We Learn

Education is the engine of social mobility, and it’s sputtering. Americans have two options: improve our schools or accept a lower standard of living By Fareed Zakaria For the past month, we have all marveled at the life of Steve Jobs, the adopted son of working-class parents, who dropped out of college and became one … Continue reading