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We Need a Civilian ‘ROTC’

The military does not rely solely on patriotic feelings to build its force, and neither should the civilian parts of government.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Amber Bressler

Veterans Still Waiting for GI Bill Money

It was a nice idea while it lasted: The new GI Bill promised veterans who wanted to go to college money for tuition, books and living expenses. More than 277,000 signed up for the program, which was supposed to kick in Aug. 1. Many are still waiting for their checks.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


The Silent Education Crisis

The problems we face from kindergarten to 12th grade get regular, if still insufficient, attention. But we rarely confront how badly we’re faring when it comes to educating our people after high school.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama Wants to Send Unemployed Back to School

At 14.1 percent, Michigan’s unemployment rate is the highest of any state. So it was a fitting setting for the president to announce his plan to spend $12 billion retraining the unemployed in community colleges. This plan would be a lot more exciting if its budget didn’t inevitably have to be compared with the trillions we’ve thrown at lousy banks.

Posted on Jul 14, 2009 READ MORE


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The Rebirth of Education

A friend of mine, J.M. Zimmerman, once stated that to revitalize our schools, engage our children and ultimately save our planet will require “the death of education and its rebirth.” Sometimes systems are so flawed that they need to be scrapped and replaced rather than fiddled with or fixed. 

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 READ MORE


High Ideals in Low Times

  If freedom is just another word for no high-flying jobs left for new college graduates to lose, it opens room for risk-taking. And—dare I say it?—idealism.

Posted on Feb 18, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / Douglas Healey

The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff

The multiple failures that beset the country can be laid at the feet of our elite universities. Harvard, Yale, Princeton and Stanford, along with most other elite schools, do a poor job educating students to think. They focus instead on creating hordes of competent systems managers.

Posted on Dec 8, 2008 READ MORE



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Report Fails 49 States on College Affordability

Because of its inexpensive community colleges, California was the only state to earn a passing grade in the affordability category of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education’s annual report. Just as the demand for quality education is expected to spike, too many students are priced out of college, the center found.

Posted on Dec 3, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Announces Economic Plan

John McCain has laid out his plan for how he would help Americans recover from the recent shocks to the domestic and international markets. He took the action on Tuesday, a day later than he initially said he would and a day after Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama released his own economic plan—and McCain’s timing was not lost on the Obama campaign.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


The Corporate State and the Subversion of Democracy

Chris Hedges gave this keynote address on Wednesday, May 28, in Furman University’s Younts Conference Center. The address was part of protests by faculty and students over the South Carolina college’s decision to invite George W. Bush to give the May 31 commencement address.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


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geography4kids.com

Microsoft’s Global Warming Game Contest

College-age video game enthusiasts can now claim their gaming habits may help save the world.  Microsoft is launching a contest this summer, the Xbox 360 Games for Change Challenge, offering cash and other prizes to whiz kids who dedicate their game design skills to the cause of global warming

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


Obama Cools on Affirmative Action

Barack Obama doesn’t think anyone should cut his two daughters any slack when they apply to college—not because of their race, at least. In the unlikely event that the Obama family goes broke, then maybe.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


Time to Crack Down on the Student Loan Cesspool

The markers of a mushrooming student loan scandal are identical to so many of the rest: The Bush administration, determined to turn the federal government into a favor bank for its corporate cronies, ignored every indicator that the $85-billion-a-year student loan industry was rife with corruption.

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


Drew Faust
harvard.edu

Harvard Chooses First Woman President

A year after its president was forced to resign because of a controversial remark about gender, Harvard University is about to appoint its first woman president. The promotion of Drew Gilpin Faust, a historian, will end a 371-year-long drought of female leadership at one of the nation’s oldest institutions.

Posted on Feb 9, 2007 READ MORE


Sports Stars Try to Level the Academic Playing Field

Basketball superstar Baron Davis and the Chicago Bears’ Brendon Ayanbadejo have started an organization to raise awareness of the dwindling enrollment of minority students at their alma mater, UCLA. California’s anti-affirmative action Prop. 209 has had a devastating effect: This year’s freshman class of 5,000 contains fewer than 100 African American students, 20 of them on athletic scholarship.

Posted on Feb 1, 2007 READ MORE


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From CNN

More N-Word Accusations Against Sen. Allen Surface

Three former college football teammates of Sen. George Allen say the Virginia Republican repeatedly used the racial epithet to describe blacks back in the 1970s. And one of those ex-teammates is even putting his name on the record. (Salon ad req’d)

  • UPDATE: Other accusers come forward

  • Posted on Sep 25, 2006 READ MORE


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    Generation F

    The national SAT score average has suffered its most severe drop in 30 years.  Educators insist that kids are just as intelligent, but that a recent redesign of the test, which placed increased emphasis on math and critical reading skills, is to blame for the poor showing.

    Posted on Aug 30, 2006 READ MORE


    Jabari Asim: A Troubled Picture for Black Male Students

    The gender gap among African-American college students is growing at a dangerous rate. And it’s no wonder: The roots of the problem were obvious at my daughter’s school, where many boys by age 10 had been socialized to be tough, regarding education with contempt and suspicion.

    Posted on Jul 14, 2006 READ MORE


    The Boy Crisis
    From Newsweek.com

    Ellen Goodman: The ‘Boy Crisis’ Is a Red Herring

    Although it’s sexier and more startling to talk about boys falling behind girls in schools, the real dividing line is race and class.

    Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


    The End of the Electoral College as We Know it?

    The California Assembly passed a measure to pledge the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote (as opposed to giving its Electoral College votes to the winner of the California popular vote).
    This would come into effect only if enough other states passed similar measures. But if it happens, it will mean the end of the electoral college as we know it.

    Posted on Jun 1, 2006 READ MORE


    Steve Almond
    From austinchronicle.com

    Truthdigger of the Day: Steve Almond

    Almond, an adjunct professor at Boston College, has resigned his post to protest the college’s choice of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as commencement speaker. “I cannot, in good conscience, exhort my students to pursue truth and knowledge, then collect a paycheck from an institution that displays such flagrant disregard for both,” he writes.
    Imagine if Colin Powell or George Tenet had shown this kind of moral fortitude. There might not have been a war.

    Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


    The Horror, the Horror!
    From Salon.com

    Salon Probes the Post’s Impotence Myth

    Salon writer Rebecca Traister doesn’t buy the Washington Post’s big story about the causes behind an alleged rise in impotence among college students.

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


    John McCain, Former Maverick

    Now the Arizona senator says it’s “an honor” to speak at the college of Jerry Falwell’s, the same man he once called an “agent of intolerance.”

    Posted on May 10, 2006 READ MORE


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