The Educational Value of an Election Year

On Tuesday night, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama went head to head in the second of three debates. We watched the debates avidly, hoping for further discussion of the two candidates’ education policy plans — and we were more than a
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Congress Saved the Student Loans, Right?

In the weeks leading up to July 1, college students across the nation waited anxiously for Congress to come up with some sort of viable compromise to prevent federal student loan rates from doubling from 3.4% to 6.8%. On June 29, quite literally at the eleventh hour, Congress finally
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What Is The Higgs Boson Anyway?

The entire world got very excited last week when it was announced that scientists had (most likely) discovered the elusive Higgs boson, commonly called the “God particle”.  We all knew that this discovery was a huge deal – how could discovering something with God in the name not be a
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Teacher Performance Rankings: The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

Imagine if your state chose to rank surgeons practicing at public teaching hospitals, and then published these rankings in the local paper. Doctors whose patients die or fail to recover quickly would receive poor rankings, while doctors whose patients fully and quickly recover would r
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Grading Parents: Would You Get an A?

A little over a year ago, the Florida legislature floated an idea which would have required elementary school teachers to grade parents based on their involvement in their children’s education. Now, a Louisiana legislator is floating a similar bill. The idea of grading parents must, i
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