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Last week, the Oberlin College Black Student Union blasted their liberal mecca for its “imperialism, white supremacy, capitalism, ableism, and a cissexist heteropatriarchy.” The protesters issued a 14-page list of demands, spelling out the group’s “larger goals.” Try to guess which of the following ten demands are authentic and which are me having a little fun at their expense.
I’ve said it would be better for the GOP presidential nominee if voters thought of him or her as having a great education plan rather than a great tax plan. Voters assume Republicans want to cut taxes. They’re probably a bit fuzzier on what the GOP wants to do about education, other than maybe school vouchers. But education is pro-growth. It is supply-side economics.
Money Magazine is out with a new poll today on college affordability. The survey — a joint effort by Money and Kaplan Test Prep — asked parents of high school-aged college aspirants whether they agreed or disagreed with particular proposals to improve college affordability. It shouldn’t be all that surprising that people prefer things that are free to things that aren’t.
I was at a financial conference, also attended by a former Democratic politician — a person some used to think was potentially veep material, at least. At one point, this person wondered aloud, “Why don’t we just make college free?” In other words, why not spend more money on higher education to increase affordability? Or, really, eliminate affordability as an issue at all?
In an excellent piece in the New York Times Magazine this past weekend, Adam Davidson highlights the “fascinating, complex business” of higher education. The article is worth a look, especially as it relates to the shortcomings of education as a path out of poverty – at least under the current system of higher education.
At the Roosevelt Institute’s “Next New Deal” blog, Mike Konczal summarizes an important New York Fed study on the effect federal student loans have on tuition prices. The points Konczal makes about loans versus grants are important. But if he thinks “virtually no coverage is catching this difference,” he needs to read more from conservative policy wonks.