• Education

    Opinion | Is Education No Longer the ‘Great Equalizer’?

    As the skill premium and the economic cost of failing to ascend the education ladder rise in tandem, scholars find that adults are adopting differing parental styles — a crucial form of investment in the human capital of their children — and these differing styles appear to be further entrenching inequality. Such key factors as the level of inequality, the degree to which higher education is rewarded and the strength of the welfare state are shaping parental strategies in raising children. In their paper “The Economics of Parenting,” three economists, Matthias Doepke at Northwestern, Giuseppe Sorrenti at University of Zurich and Fabrizio Zilibotti at Yale, describe three basic forms of…

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  • Home Schooling

    Attacks on Christian Homeschooling Are No Longer Subtle

    Commentary Early in 2020, Elizabeth Bartholet, a professor at the Harvard Law School, became notorious for advocating a “presumptive ban” on homeschooling. The 3 to 4 percent of U.S. parents who chose to educate their children at home would have to prove to educational authorities that “their case is justified,” and if they couldn’t do so, would have their children sent to public schools. An article about Bartholet in Harvard’s alumni magazine, reiterating a position she had taken in a lengthy law-review article published shortly before, provoked a furor among parents and young people, some of them Harvard graduates who had enjoyed successful homeschooling experiences. Then came the coronavirus lockdown.…

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  • Online School

    Crosslake Community School’s director resigns; director of online learning no longer employed there

    Crosslake Community School’s executive director resigned Friday, March 12, and the school’s director of online learning also is no longer with the charter school. Cliff Skagen, executive director since January 2020, said Tuesday, March 16, in an emailed statement: “After lengthy consideration, I decided to resign from Crosslake Community School on March 12 to pursue other professional opportunities. I am proud of my accomplishments at CCS, which include increasing enrollment by 34 percent and bringing in approximately $1 million in new revenue. My family and I have come to love the Brainerd lakes area and I look forward to continuing being an active participant in the community.” Stacy Bender, the…

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  • Education

    Study examines why college education leads to healthier and longer lives

    Healthy lifestyle:  Physical activities abound on college campuses like William & Mary. These healthy habits are among the benefits of college education that contribute to health and longevity, according to a study led by W&M Assistant Professor of Economics Peter Savelyev.  Photo by Jim Agnew by Nathan Warters |  February 4, 2021 A study led by William & Mary Assistant Professor of Economics Peter Savelyev and funded by the National Science Foundation argues that college education leads to healthier and longer lives.  The study, “Understanding the Mechanisms Linking College Education with Longevity,” was published in September in Journal of Human Capital.  Researchers around the world still debate whether education affects…

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  • Jobs

    19 Frankly Gruesome Historical Jobs That I’m Happy No Longer Exist

    Rewind · Posted on Jan 23, 2021 I’ll never hear the phrase “nit-picking” the same way again. 1. Want to change the way you think about fabric conditioner forever? Look no further than the work of wool fullers, who used to soften their cloth using bodily waste. BBC Chances are you own at least one woollen item, but you probably haven’t thought about how intensive the process of turning sheep’s coats into clothing is. You know who was very aware of the labour involved, though? Fullers, who worked throughout history from Ancient Rome to 15th century England. Untreated wool is oily, greasy, and dirty, and it has a coarse and…

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  • Education

    We can’t ignore alarms about the need for civics education any longer

    Like the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor that pulled the U.S. directly into World War II, the siege on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 by a violent mob will be remembered as a “day which will live in infamy.” Much will be written about the circumstances that led to the desecration of the Capitol, that most sacred symbol of the American ideal, by our fellow citizens. And it is both urgent and imperative that we hold to account President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse GOP leader tells members to quit spreading lies on riot, antifa DC attorney general says Trump Organization improperly paid K bill incurred during inauguration 70K QAnon Twitter accounts…

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