Category Archives: Education

The Cost of Public Four-Year Colleges

I realize student debt is so last week, but here’s the cost of a public, four-year college education, including tuition, fees, room and board, adjusted to 2020 dollars (data from here): It’s increased three-fold since 1980–and, yes, despite the historical … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on Biden’s Student Debt Policy

Yesterday, the White House released its student debt plan. Here are some thoughts, in no particular order, about it: It’s a good start. Like so many Democratic initiatives, it is better than nothing, but it doesn’t go far enough. That … Continue reading

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All Hail the Imaginary Compromise Pundit Scam: The Student Loans Edition

To follow up on last week’s post about student loans, one thing we’re now seeing is the deployment of the Imaginary Compromise Pundit Scam. In days of yore, when the left, construed broadly, had to fight both Republicans and too … Continue reading

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At Least the Maryland State Board of Education Understands What Data-Driven Means

Unlike its Republican Governor. The Maryland State Board of Education wrote to Maryland Republican governor Hogan about his desire to remove masking for schools (boldface mine; leaving out the obligatory ‘Yes governor, you do have a Huge Swinging Cock’ boilerplate): … Continue reading

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The Cost of College Is Too Damn High

Many moons ago, some asshole with a blog noted that the cost of college tuition, when compared to the minimum wage, has skyrocketed: The median household income in 1960 was $5620… Housing was cheaper, thanks to suburban settlement policies. Scholarships, … Continue reading

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“Vaxxed and Done”, “Vaxxed and Cautious”, but No Mention of Vaxxed and Sick?

Derek Thompson, in The Atlantic, with little data, argues that there are two types of vaccinated people. One is “vaxxed and done”: they’ve been vaccinated and are ‘returning to normal’ as a result. The other is “vaxxed and cautious”, who, … Continue reading

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As We’ve Prevented Inflation by Slashing Biden’s BBB, We Can Cancel Student Debt

Right? Among the many desperate rhetorical attempts by Senator Co-President Joe Manchin to massively slash President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) program, he has mentioned how the increased spending would lead to inflation (and a couple of points of inflation … Continue reading

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It’s Still About the Prevalence: The Schools Edition

In a really good article about how the U.S. screwed up school re-opening, Melody Schreiber makes a very important point (boldface mine): No one’s advocating another year of remote learning. But there are a number of things we could be … Continue reading

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Anti-‘CRT’ and Not Taking Personal Responsibility

From Traverse City, Michigan, we find this wonderful example of ‘heartland values’ (boldface mine): Nevaeh Wharton was busy with homework one evening in late April when her phone pinged with a warning. A friend had texted to say something disgusting … Continue reading

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Effects of Schools on COVID-19, Pre- and Post-B.1.1.7

There’s an interesting non-peer reviewed study that made the rounds earlier this week about the effect of school reopening on the spread of COVID-19. Here’s the abstract: This paper examines the effect of fall 2020 school reopenings in Texas on … Continue reading

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