Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Monday, January 23, 2017
education
LePage, Austerity

Brutal Austerity Is Coming To A Statehouse Near You

The incoming Trump administration understandably frightens liberals, but right-wing successes at a state level would have moved forward regardless of who won the election. What’s more, bipartisan support for policies of austerity and neoliberalism have led to vast social spending cuts across the country regardless of political affiliation.

January 20, 2017
DeVos

Betsy DeVos Flunks Her First Test

Washington confirmation hearings are both theater and ritual. Behind the ostentatious displays of deference that senators and would-be cabinet secretaries must display toward each other is a useful democratic exercise. During Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing, senators learned that Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary is clueless, rich, and deceptive.

January 19, 2017
Betsy DeVos

Conflicts Surround GOP Mega-Donor Who May Become Our Next Education Secretary

Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Education, is clearly one of the worst cabinet picks. Her nomination to lead public education may seem curious, as DeVos has never worked in public education and supports diverting public funds to pay for kids to attend private, religious schools. Advocacy groups, Democratic politicians and ethics experts have shot up red flags in recent days, strongly opposing DeVos’ nomination.

January 16, 2017
College, Debt Free

What Free College Means Around The World

In a country where rising student debt grabs national headlines, efforts to make college “free” can also get attention. In truth, a large part of tuition costs are already subsidized in the U.S. through a combination of grants, tax breaks and loans. What causes waves is the ever-increasing sticker price, rather than what students actually pay.

January 13, 2017
Betsy DeVos

The Radical Education Of Betsy DeVos

The choice of Betsy DeVos to head the Education Department mystified all those who’d figured Trump was looking for a capable, forward-looking technocrat focused on student testing and teacher accountability. The choice horrified teachers unions, as DeVos is a billionaire Republican who has worked assiduously to weaken the public schools in Michigan.

January 10, 2017
Betsy DeVos, Flint

Will DeVos Do For Schools What She Did For Flint Water?

Through targeted donations, DeVos helped kick start the Flint water crisis. For years, DeVos funded the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free market think tank. The Mackinac Center advocated for an emergency manager for Flint, promising that the manager would reduce government—and tighten the city’s budget.

January 9, 2017
Billionaire Betsy DeVos tapped for education secretary

Inside Donald Trump’s Extremist Education Agenda

Anyone who strives for a clear-eyed view of the Trump administration’s oncoming education agenda will find there is no evidence—zero—of anything other than the most extreme policy agenda for the nation’s public schools.

January 4, 2017
New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, Free Tuition Plan

New York Governor Proposes Free Tuition Plan At State Colleges

Under Cuomo’s plan, which he called the first of its kind in the nation, the state would cover tuition for any student from a family earning less than $125,000 a year by 2019, a means-tested benchmark that coincided with one proposed by Hillary Clinton during her presidential bid.

January 3, 2017
Student loan program

Right-Wing Media Slam Student Loan Assistance Program

Conservative media have labeled higher education as a “privilege” and suggested students ought to choose fictional cheaper colleges.

December 5, 2016
Billionaire Betsy DeVos tapped for education secretary

Billionaire Heir Of Right-Wing Dynasty Picked For Education Secretary

Betsy DeVos is among a handful of billionaires who have created and underwritten the rapid expansion of charter schools since 2000.

November 24, 2016

Capitalism And Education Are Incompatible Partners

The news left tens of thousands of students stunned: Just as the fall semester was starting, ITT Technical Institute, one of the nation’s largest chains of for-profit colleges, shut down all its campuses, stranding some would-be graduates a few months shy of a diploma.

September 10, 2016
Businessman David Koch arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York in this May 5, 2014 file photo. The billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, the most powerful conservative mega donors in the United States, will not use their $400 million political arsenal to block Republican front-runner Donald Trump's path to the presidential nomination, a spokesman told Reuters on March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files

Inside Charles Koch’s Plot To Hijack Universities Across America And Spread His Radical ‘Free-Market’ Propaganda

At Florida State University, the initial memorandum of understanding between the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF) and the school’s economics department gave the foundation control over hiring decisions and the curriculum.

June 28, 2016
Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses an economic summit in Orlando, Florida, in this June 2, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

Gov. Rick Scott: Florida’s Ambassador For Cheap Labor And Mediocrity

Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott went to California to steal some jobs. Scott urged California businesses to pack up and move to Florida because the minimum wage in Florida is only $8.05 an hour. That was actually the thrust of his selling point: Why are you paying your workers $10 an hour? Floridians will work dirt cheap!

May 10, 2016
At least 21 killed in Pakistani university attack

At Least 21 Killed In Pakistani University Attack; Taliban Claims Responsibility

Gunmen broke into a university campus in northwestern Pakistan, fatally shooting students in their dorm rooms in an assault that left at least 21 people dead, police and hospital officials said.

January 20, 2016

Should You Pick A College Based On Earnings Potential?

As high school seniors across the United States fill out college applications, many will run a cost-benefit analysis of the cost of a school against the lifetime earnings potential of a degree from there. But that is not the only equation to consider.

January 5, 2016

The Hangover Issues For 2016 Elections

Not too long after the New Year’s champagne is popped and the parties have ended and it’s back to the business of the 2016 elections, candidates and voters will wake up to a slate of issues that have hung over from the year before.

December 31, 2015

Agriscience Programs Aren’t Just For Future Farmers

The share of Americans who work in agriculture has shrunk from 41 percent in 1900 to less than 2 percent today, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

December 22, 2015

One Arabic Sentence Closes Schools, And Ignorance Wins

An entire school system in Virginia was shut down Friday — 10,000 students, all kept at home — after a teacher gave an Arabic calligraphy assignment. Unfortunately, the kids were asked to try writing a Muslim statement of faith. They went home and told their parents. Look out.

December 22, 2015
Jorge Villalba poses for a portrait on Sept. 3, 2015 in Encino, Calif. Villaba is struggling to pay off student loan debt. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

One Way States Can Help Student Loan Borrowers

Although the federal government dominates the student loan market, there’s much states can do to help borrowers who are struggling.

December 15, 2015

Schools Get Tested On Their Earthquake Safety, With Kids’ Help

California is taking measures to determine the threat of earthquakes on its schools.

December 15, 2015

CDC Grades American Schools On How Well They Teach Sex Education

American high schools got generally good marks for their teaching of topics related to sex education, but there are still many areas in need of improvement.

December 10, 2015

Affirmative Action At Universities In Doubt As US Supreme Court Hears Arguments

The future of affirmative action at public universities appeared in some doubt Wednesday as the Supreme Court justices debated for a second time whether to strike down a race-based admissions policy at the University of Texas.

December 10, 2015

Foodie Culture Is Spurring Degree Programs At U.S. Colleges

There is a widening trend at American colleges and universities to channel students’ foodie passions into classrooms, labs and campus gardens.

December 8, 2015
Fear of white working class people

5 Reasons White Working-Class Voters Are So Scared

Aging white voters — especially those who have no college education — feel an acute loss of status, opportunity, and security. To deflect their angry anxiety, they’re being encouraged to rage against ethnic minorities. Here are five reasons why scared white voters can be tricked into sucking up to a billionaire who thinks they’re overpaid.

December 7, 2015

Why The Conversation About Race Can’t Be The Only Conversation

From sea to shining sea, college students seem determined to make us argue about race, pondering the exact color of their navels and compiling lists of fruitless demands, to the exclusion of all else.

December 2, 2015