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Religious Education

There is some educating going on in Florida, but it looks like the main group being educated is the local school board. The whole thing started in January 2013 when the Orange County school board decided to allow a religious group to distribute free bibles in their public high schools. The Orange County school district […]

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Textbook Case

Texas has a long history of producing school textbooks influenced by hard-right conservatives, but we had hoped those days were over. Nope. Of more than 140 people on the textbook panels, only three are actually college-level educators. For example, the chair of the History Department at Southern Methodist University, who is also faculty at the […]

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Pound Foolish

© Tom Toles In the last ten years, the total level of student loan debt has gone from $300 billion to $1.1 trillion. And we are now learning that this level of debt among people just starting to enter the real economy is significantly hurting the economy. It makes perfect sense – people with crushing […]

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South gets slapped for ignoring reality

Think we don’t need any government? Oops! What I find hilarious is that while we all heard on the news how terrible things were in Atlanta — people stranded all night in their snowed-in cars, students forced to sleep on the gym floor at their schools or on school buses because they could not get […]

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Preschools, not Prisons

It is too bad that I don’t have a category for “sanity in an insane world”. This story definitely qualifies. Los Angeles County Sheriff oversees the largest jail system in the nation, and yet he travelled to Washington to lobby the government to give him less money, and instead spend the money on preschools, saying: […]

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Long Hours, Low Pay

[from Tim Smith] It is almost as if someone was purposely overworking teachers and paying them very little. But only in the good old USA.

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Seems Apropos to Me

In one of the largest academic scandals in recent history at the school, as many as 60 students have been forced to withdraw from Harvard University after they were found cheating on a final exam. Why is this ironic? Because the class was “Introduction to Congress”.

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The Education of America

Think this is overstating the issue? Well, listen to Suze Orman explain how banks are completely screwing students: If I didn’t know better, I’d swear that somebody doesn’t want anyone other than the rich to get a higher education. UPDATE: Daily Kos published this same infographic, along with links to further information and raw data.

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Give Someone Enough Rope

Stephen Colbert is brilliant. I can’t imagine anyone else who could make someone look so wrong just by agreeing with them:

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Slow Jam The News

Jimmy Fallon has a special musical guest on his show, live from the University of North Carolina:

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You Don’t (Hear)Say!

Tucson’s school board bans the Mexican-American studies program based on “solid evidence”. The school board member interviewed in the video claims he did not know that the Daily Show “is a satirical news show and thus does not always represent the true remarks their guest make. I went on this show to talk about the […]

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University of the 1%

©Ed Stein Commentary by Ed Stein Education Secretary Arne Duncan called for colleges and universities to begin addressing the escalating cost of higher education. It’s about time. The cost of a college degree, even at state-supported universities, has for decades grown faster than inflation, and is becoming unaffordable to the student of average means. States […]

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What Were We Thinking! Of Course, You’re Poor

  ©Jeff Koterba This cartoon is from a very interesting series sponsored by the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists called “Cartoons for the Classroom. Each segment is a downloadable lesson plan with a few cartoons, background information and talking points. Public school teachers have less freedom in lesson planning now than 50 years ago when […]

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The GOP Race to the Bottom

CNN commentator Jack Cafferty asks a very good question: When it comes to presidential politics, why does America seem to be allergic to brains? I’ve been wondering the same thing. Like, how did we end up with the current crop of Republican frontrunners? As The Onion satirically put it in a recent headline “White-Hot GOP […]

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Perry Defends Abstinence Education

How can anyone watch this and take Rick Perry even slightly seriously. The man is a walking joke. I mean, he isn’t even smart enough to change the subject or otherwise deflect the issue. Which would be fine if he actually answered the question, rather than just stubbornly claiming that abstinence-only sex education works, when […]

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