All this election talk disparaging intellectualism and education right on the heels of a national conversation about the value of education because of the film Waiting for Superman and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s award to the Newark school system makes me uneasy. After re-discovering one of my favorite books — The Dream Book, an anthology of writings by Italian-American women edited by Helen Barolini — I now understand why it feels personal.

Today’s Game Plan: Casting a Vote for Elite and Educated.