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Education Issues

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...

Education Reform: Milwaukee's School System

In a 2010 study, Milwaukee came in 19th out of 25 cities ranked when examining the nation's best and worst cities for school reform...

Charter Schools: Modern Education at Its Finest

Both low-income Arizona charter school students and average charter school students outperform their traditional public school peers on national assessments...


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