VOICES FOR CHANGE

Wall Street’s Bonus Inflation
Jim Hightower
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Not too many years ago, any news story about bonus money would’ve been about some 20-year-old baseball player — an up-and-coming superstar getting $100,000 or so on top of his salary as an extra incentive to join the Yankees, Giants, or whatever team.

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Israel’s War on American Universities
Chris Hedges
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The banning of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Northeastern University in Boston on March 7, along with a university threat of disciplinary measures against some of its members, replicates sanctions being imposed against numerous student Palestinian rights groups across the country. The attacks, and the disturbingly similar forms of punishment, appear to be part of a coordinated effort by the Israeli government and the Israel lobby to blacklist all student groups ...

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The Highly Educated Working Poor: Adjunct Professors
Jim Hightower
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There's a growing army of the working poor in our U.S. of A., and big contingents of it are now on the march. They're strategizing, organizing and mobilizing against the immoral economics of inequality being hung around America's neck by the likes of Wal-Mart, McDonald's and colleges.

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Universal Pre-K? Ask These Red State Republicans and Then Ask Grover Norquist
Joe Conason
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Among the biggest policy mistakes of the past 50 years is our continuing failure to provide quality early childhood education to all of America's kids. For children, families and society as a whole, the benefits of "universal pre-K" are not only significant and well-documented, but offset the financial cost many times over. Although we've been aware of these basic facts since the early '60s, most politicians have preferred to squander billions of dollars ...

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A Poor Educational System
Jim Hightower
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There’s a growing army of the working poor in our nation, and big contingents of these folks are now on the march. They’re strategizing, organizing, and mobilizing against the immoral economics of inequality being hung around America’s neck by the likes of Walmart, McDonald’s, and colleges.

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The Connection Between Poverty and Education
David Sirota
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Google the phrase "education crisis" and you'll be hit with a glut of articles, blog posts and think tank reports claiming the entire American school system is facing an emergency. Much of this agitprop additionally asserts that teachers unions are the primary cause of the alleged problem. Not surprisingly, the fabulists ...

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The New High School Diploma
David Sirota
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Whether or not President Obama's recent education-themed speeches are in direct response to Matt Taibbi's must-read Rolling Stone magazine article on the college loan crisis, it is great news that the White House is now taking the crisis more seriously. The credit bubble in college loans has ballooned into a systemic threat to the nation's economy. Additionally, as Taibbi documents, economic and political trends are now forcing an entire generation into a truly ...

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A Civics Lesson from America’s Education Debate
David Sirota
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Paradoxes come in all different forms, but here's one that perfectly fits this Gilded Age: The most significant lesson from the ongoing debate about American education has little to do with schools and everything to do with money. This lesson comes from a series of recent scandals that expose the financial motives of the leaders of ...

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Solving the Student Debt Crisis
Jim Hightower
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Well, finally! Hard-right congressional leaders and the Obama White House ultimately agreed that interest rates on student loans should not double to nearly 7 percent, as they let happen early in July. Instead, college students will be billed at a rate that will steadily rise to above 8 percent.

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Forget Student Loans: Make Higher Ed Free
Jim Hightower
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Well, finally! Hard-right congressional leaders and the Obama White House have agreed that interest rates on student loans should not double to nearly 7 percent, as they let happen early in July. Instead, college students will be billed at a rate that will steadily rise higher than 8 percent.

This is progress?

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Elizabeth Warren’s QE for Students: Populist Demagoguery or Economic Breakthrough?
Ellen Brown
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On July 1, interest rates will double for millions of students – from 3.4% to 6.8% – unless Congress acts; and the legislative fixes on the table are largely just compromises. Only one proposal promises real relief – Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “Bank on ...

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Let Us Commence Toward the Common Good
Jim Hightower
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Ironically, June is both the month of the summer solstice and of America's biggest annual blizzard.

I don't mean a weather event blowing in from the Arctic, but a merciless ...

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Student Loans on the Cheap
Dean Baker
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Last month Senator Elizabeth Warren put forward her first bill as a senator, a proposal to allow students to borrow for college at a 0.75 percent interest rate, the same rate that the Federal Reserve Board charges banks for borrowing reserves. In putting forward the bill Warren noted the rapid run up in student debt at a time when recent graduates face an especially bleak job ...

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Just Begin
Tom Engelhardt
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Here may be the most commonplace sentence anyone could write about graduation day in any year: when I think back to my own graduation in 1966, an eon, a lifetime, a world ago, I have no memory of who addressed us.  None.  I have a little packet of photos of the event: shots of my ...

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How to Get Fit Without Really Trying
Froma Harrop
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We may not have time for exercise, but there's always time to read about exercise. And while the motivation to exercise may not be tops, the motivation to shop for "aids" to exercise seems forever strong.

Both activities offer the gratifying sense that we're getting somewhere, fitness-wise. We know that at some ...

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The University of Massachusetts Econ Department: How We Know Reinhart and Rogoff Were Wrong
Dean Baker
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The worldwide debate over fiscal policy and austerity was turned upside down last week by a paper co-authored by a University of Massachusetts grad student Thomas Herndon and two professors, Michael Ash and Robert Pollin (HAP). The paper uncovered serious ...

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Rosa Parks, Now and Forever
Amy Goodman
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On Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks famously refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., thus launching the modern-day civil-rights movement. Monday, Feb. 4, is the 100th anniversary of her birth. After she died at the age of 92 in 2005, much of the media described her as a tired seamstress, no troublemaker. But the media got it wrong. Rosa Parks was a ...

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Why Does a University Need a CMO?
Jim Hightower
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The "ivory tower" of academia has become overshadowed by a new edifice on campus that is reaching ridiculous heights: the tower of mammon.

As public ...

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Remember the Children
Robert Reich
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America’s children seem to be shortchanged on almost every issue we face as a society.

Not only are we failing to protect our children from deranged people wielding semi-automatic guns.

We’re not protecting them from poverty. The rate of child poverty keeps rising – even faster than the rate of adult poverty. We now have the highest rate of child poverty in the developed world.

And we’re not protecting their health. ...

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Mayor Rahm-Ney’s Attack on the Chicago Teachers Union
Amy Goodman
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Unions are under attack in the United States—not only from people like Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, but now, with the teachers strike in Chicago, from the very core of President Barack Obama’s inner circle, his former chief of staff and current mayor of that city, Rahm Emanuel. Twenty-five thousand teachers and support staff are on strike there, shutting down the public school system in the nation’s third-largest school district. This fight now raging in Chicago, ...

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Milking Public Education
Alex Xourias
Op-Ed
Inside the Koch Brothers’ Campus Crusade
Dave Levinthal
News Investigation
What Do Children Need?
Robert J. Burrowes
Op-Ed

FROM AROUND THE WEB

Mass Shootings

15 Years After Massacre at Columbine, Mass Shootings Continue in America

It was the deadliest American school shooting on record and a national trauma at the time, yet no longer.

Space Travel

Meet the university students trying to send a spacecraft to the moon — for ten million dollars

Penn State’s “Lunar Lions” tell Salon about their trailblazing effort to put students in space

Global Economy

America is Becoming a Second-Rate Nation

The Social Progress Index revealed the success of countries and America is in “warp-speed decline.”

Education

More Bad News for Millennials: College Is Actually Making Inequality Worse

It might surprise you, but higher education is actually widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots

Education

Say Goodbye to Public Schools: Diane Ravitch Warns Salon Some Cities Will Soon Have None

“Why destroy public education so that a handful can boast they have a charter school in addition to their yacht?”

Gun Rights

Approved Measure Allows Idaho Resident to Carry Concealed Guns on College Campuses

Lawmakers passed the bill on Thursday making it legal for people with an enhanced concealed-carry permit to carry firearms on campus.

Education

Free Preschool Being Pushed in California

A new proposal to fund free public preschool for all children in California is expected to be announced.

Mass Shootings

One Year Later, A Somber Remembrance of Sandy Hook Shooting Victims

Emotion and sadness is still present in Newtown, Conn., the scene of the tragic mass school shooting that killed many children and school administrators.

Space Travel

China Launch a Historic Moon Rover Monday

Country’s first lunar probe aims to seek out natural resources as space program becomes priority for leadership.

Education

University Gratis

Education is being hacked.

Education

College is Getting Cheaper

There’s some good news on college tuition.

Education

Home Economics Reimagined

The youth need help adapting to the world they are about to enter.

Food Health

All-Beef Patties Disliked Among Students in Virgina

Schools in the Fairfax, Virginia District stopped serving all-beef hamburgers after students, who are used to additives in their meat, complained about the taste.

Nigeria

Dozens Killed in Nigeria

Attack on dormitory of agriculture college in town in Yobe state is latest in a series of attacks blamed on Boko Haram.

Education

Tests Hurt Schools

Education reformers have it all wrong.

Education

School Privatization is a Hoax

Reformers with wild promises don’t care about education.

Education

“Creation Science” Soon to be Added to Textbooks?

Textbook reviewers, appointed by the Texas State Board of Education, are attempting to introduce creationism into teaching materials.

Education

How to Fix Education

Our schools imprison kids and undermine their zest for learning.

Student Loans

Higher Education Threatened by Debt

Back-to-school stats on how rising tuitions and student debt are leaving more grads with doubts about their futures.

Student Loans

Tuition Isn’t Everything College Students Have to Worry About

Despite all the grumbling about tuition increases and student loan costs, other college expenses also are going up.

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