Retraining programs, many steering workers toward blue-collar jobs, flourish in Europe. What can the US learn?
Incarceration of women is growing worldwide. One woman highlights prison conditions in Thailand – and crusades to change them.
Indiana enjoys humming auto plants. The city of Kokomo, however, shows how economic success can hinge not just on factories but on a ‘people first’ model of growth.
As the summer travel season begins,we asked Monitor writers, past and present, to tell us about places that have moved them the most. Their postcards take us from a walking safari in Zambia to the monasteries of Bulgaria to a marathon in Havana.
Textbooks are rare. So are traditional grades. Students progress at their own pace. See how one New Hampshire school is retooling education.
Low-income kids start school with far fewer words than affluent peers. Communities are trying a simple idea to bridge the word gap: teach parents to talk with their babies.
How a group of gritty farmers turned Samsø, Denmark, into a premier global model of renewable energy.
The specialized high schools, such as one in Brockton, Mass., emphasize overcoming drug-abuse problems as much as they do mastering square roots.
A Monitor reporter reconnects with a Syrian refugee who is starting a new life in Germany – while trying to save his family back home.
Cities with many charter schools – like Washington and Cleveland – are finding tension but also collaboration between public schools and school choice alternatives. Part 1 of 3.
Hartford, Conn., has revamped its schools to attract a rich mix of students in a voluntary desegregation program being watched across the country.
Still reeling from the financial crisis, black-owned banks are struggling to serve low-income, minority communities. But they're getting new and unexpected attention from black Millennials, who are wealthier than their parents.
In a fundamental shift in American Protestantism, hundreds of churches across the country are allowing people in the pews to handle pastoral duties, such as delivering sermons.
How far will Donald Trump shift the US to the right? Enough that it will mark one of the biggest U-turns in a half-century. Maybe.
Hours-long daily blackouts ended suddenly last October after an engineer approached the problem differently – and got the government's backing to solve it.
Conservatives and the Obama administration have long disagreed about the threat of terrorists coming across the Mexico border. Data suggest the threat is not insignificant. Now, the Trump administration is poised to make it a priority.
All students whose families make less than $125,000 a year would be eligible to attend New York state colleges for free. It suggests that a time of state experimentation might be ahead.
The Kalamazoo Promise helped revive a Rust Belt town. It holds lessons for other cities.
New voices rise across the Arab world to prevent a lost generation from answering the jihadists' militant call in a message war crucial to the region’s balance of power.
How Gift of the Givers, a Muslim-funded philanthropy in Africa, has become one of the world's most unusual charities.
Take a look at cities – America's new democracy labs. They offer a model of how to set aside politics and forge alliances to solve problems.
A new generation of cybersecurity prodigies breaks into networks – just to make them safer. Meet the young hackers trying to keep the web from tilting to the dark side.
Ranchers and other residents along the US-Mexico border weigh in on what a wall would look like, how much it would cost, and whether it will stop illegal immigration.
A novel plan in Washington State overcomes old animosities and offers the region a way forward in era of global warming.
As more women move into high offices, they often bring a style and approach that is distinct from men. But do they make better leaders?
The European Union may survive ‘Brexit,’ a refugee crisis, and rising political division. But its future won't look like the past.
One street in Atlanta shows why American race relations are so fraught – and the steps toward how they might be made whole.
A mentoring program in rural California gives young Latino males an alternative to violence and futility.
How prayer meetings on Capitol Hill inspire fellowship and foster bipartisan lawmaking, though some argue it is too much religion under the rotunda.
The Christian Science Monitor is launching a new EqualEd section, focused on inequality inside and outside the classroom. Today, we kick off with Part 1 of our One Caring Person project on the power of mentoring to transform young people's lives.
A half century after the civil rights movement, many cities remain stubbornly divided between black and white. What this means for racial tensions in America.