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Education Issues

Repairing America's Unhealthy Relationship with Student Debt

From 2007 to 2012, total student debt nearly doubled, from $548 billion to $966 billion...

Playing Politics with Loans Doesn't Help Students

In a world with pressing higher education problems, the interest rate debate has already consumed far too much time and energy...

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...


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