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Education Issues

Quantity over Quality in Teacher Prep Study

Only a quarter of education programs limit admission to students in the top half of their high school class...

Retirement Costs and School Budgets

A 2010 report calculated that teacher pensions across the United States were carrying a reported liability of $332 billion, but that their true liability was much higher -- at least $933 billion...

Going to College Isn't an Investment

College itself isn't an investment; rather it is just one way of increasing your value...

Strong Educational Reforms at the University Level

The idea behind Washington and Lee University's new intensive spring term is to break free from the bonds of regular classroom learning and to overcome the tendency of students to spread themselves thin across a variety of academic activities...

Taxpayers Pay Millions for Fed Workers' Student Loans

Federal agencies spent about $72 million in 2011, the last year for which data are available, to pay down student loans for 10,134 federal workers...

More Americans Have College Degrees

Last year, 33.5 percent of Americans ages 25 to 29 had at least a bachelor's degree, compared with 24.7 percent in 1995...

Schools Waste Funds on Phantom Students

Funding phantom students delivers the message that school districts should continue delivering education the way they have for the last century...

Real Educational Reform Is on the Horizon

Today's most promising experiments in K-12 education combine computerized instruction with immediate assessment and feedback, while carefully linking students to the best traditional classroom teaching practices...

Tribal Colleges: A Dubious Government Investment

The main emphasis for tribal colleges is on training students to serve the social services programs on a reservation -- the needs of tribes determine the course offerings...

Grouping Students by Ability Regains Favor

A survey of fourth grade teachers finds that 71 percent had grouped students by reading ability in 2009, up from 28 percent in 1998...


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