From Education to Social Programs, Tis the Season to Punish the Poor

2017-12-25T14:56:50+00:00

All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers BODY HTTPs replaced Mr. Bumble, the parish beadle who oversees provisions for the poor in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, complains: “We have given away… a matter of twenty quartern loaves and a cheese and a half, this very blessed afternoon, and yet them paupers are not contented…" Disdaining dependency.  That [...]

From Education to Social Programs, Tis the Season to Punish the Poor 2017-12-25T14:56:50+00:00

We Really Shouldn’t Let Silicon Valley into Our Schools

2017-12-25T14:50:08+00:00

All divs have been put onto one line because of whitespace issues when rendered inline in browsers Photo Credit: Wavebreakmedia / Shutterstock BODY HTTPs replaced By 2020, technology in the classroom is predicted to be a 21 billion dollar industry.  Mark Zuckerberg and his partner Chan have pledged to donate $45 billion dollars in Facebook shares to bring their personalized learning to other educational spaces. [...]

We Really Shouldn’t Let Silicon Valley into Our Schools 2017-12-25T14:50:08+00:00

How to combat fake news and disinformation

2017-12-25T14:53:50+00:00

Journalism is in a state of considerable flux. New digital platforms have unleashed innovative journalistic practices that enable novel forms of communication and greater global reach than at any point in human history. But on the other hand, disinformation and hoaxes that are popularly referred to as “fake news” are accelerating and affecting the way individuals interpret daily developments. Driven by foreign actors, citizen journalism, [...]

How to combat fake news and disinformation 2017-12-25T14:53:50+00:00

Graduate students are the wrong target for tax hikes—wait until they’re wealthy

2017-12-21T10:32:45+00:00

Increasing the educational credentials of poorer Americans is one of the surest ways to boost social mobility. This is one reason the government subsidizes higher education in various ways. One subsidy recently in the spotlight is a provision under Section 117(d) of the tax code which allows colleges and universities to offer tax-free tuition waivers to graduate students. Republican Congressmen have the waiver in their [...]

Graduate students are the wrong target for tax hikes—wait until they’re wealthy 2017-12-21T10:32:45+00:00

Beneath the U.S. job numbers: Tech’s influence on the workforce continues to hollow out the labor market

2017-12-19T13:05:07+00:00

Like clockwork, the start of each month brings the latest update on U.S. job numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Vital to assembling a momentary look at the job market’s latest trends, the report will support a pulse of urgent and useful news stories with its mixed and sometimes blurry data points on such topics as job growth and unemployment. And yet, [...]

Beneath the U.S. job numbers: Tech’s influence on the workforce continues to hollow out the labor market 2017-12-19T13:05:07+00:00

On their way? A portrait of young adults

2017-12-19T17:22:21+00:00

A good job providing entry into the middle class increasingly requires a college education, but large numbers of young people in the United States may not reach this level of economic refuge. About 40 percent of all 18 to 24 year-olds are not in school and do not have a college degree, placing them at risk of unemployment or unsteady, low-wage work as they approach [...]

On their way? A portrait of young adults 2017-12-19T17:22:21+00:00

How charter schools are prolonging segregation

2017-12-19T12:20:08+00:00

Proponents of charter schools have bought into the watered down notion of inclusion Charter schools didn’t create segregation, but the charter school movement isn’t helping to end it either. When Martin Luther King Jr. said, “We must never adjust ourselves to racial segregation,” he wasn’t suggesting that black kids need white kids and teachers in the classroom with them to learn. King was acutely aware [...]

How charter schools are prolonging segregation 2017-12-19T12:20:08+00:00

Metro areas are still racially segregated

2017-12-19T12:34:58+00:00

Where families live has profound implications for their access to opportunity. Our neighborhoods are the entry points to schools, transportation, jobs, health care, parks, and other local amenities. Where we live also determines who we interact with day to day, from professional networks and classmates to casual social interactions. To allow people of all races equal access to local housing markets, the 1968 Fair Housing [...]

Metro areas are still racially segregated 2017-12-19T12:34:58+00:00

Patagonia CEO Explains Why They’re Suing Donald Trump

2017-12-12T10:12:38+00:00

President Donald Trump’s Dec. 4 proclamation robs the American people of their public lands heritage. The President and a handful of politicians would like you to believe that they are doing what is best by rescinding 85% of Bears Ears National Monument and nearly half of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Nothing could be further from the truth. This action is unprecedented and widely unpopular. It [...]

Patagonia CEO Explains Why They’re Suing Donald Trump 2017-12-12T10:12:38+00:00

London buses to be powered by coffee grounds

2017-12-12T10:00:47+00:00

As part of ongoing efforts to reduce pollution in the capital, London's buses are set to utilise a new source of fuel: coffee grounds. Thanks to a collaboration between Bio-Bean, Shell and Argent Energy, double deckers will be filled with a B20 biofuel created by blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel. So far, they've produced enough to power one London bus for a [...]

London buses to be powered by coffee grounds 2017-12-12T10:00:47+00:00