Higher education (page 197)

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    Western Carolina economist offers one reason why education is overrated

    Virtually every politician of every stripe agrees about the importance of education, and many push for the goal of boosting the number of students seeking ever-higher levels of education. But Stephen Miller, assistant professor of economics at Western Carolina University, has identified at least one reason why education might…
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Duke Cheston reports for Carolina Journal Online about the left-leaning topics that dominate the university lecture circuit in North Carolina. John Hood’s Daily Journal notes the importance for state economic performance of simple tax codes and lower-than-average levels of Medicaid and public assistance spending.
    Mitch Kokai, September 20, 2011
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    Impressive new evidence that school choice works

    In a new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study, a quartet of Ivy League professors examined an open enrollment public school choice program implemented by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) in 2002.  They found, Among applicants with low-quality neighborhood schools, [program] lottery winners are more likely than lottery…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2011
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    The dumbest generation?

    Those who read Mark Bauerlein’s book with that title might appreciate historian Niall Ferguson’s latest Newsweek column, in which he laments the fact that teens tend to read only tweets and texts — not books. Why does this matter? For two reasons.
    Mitch Kokai, September 16, 2011
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    Professor Inadvertently Calls UNC Stupid

    As we know, the local magazine Independent Weekly loves to hate on all things Pope-backed. I suspect they think it’s courageous in a “stick it to the Man, man” kind of way. Regardless of the thinking, though, it sometimes leads them to print rather silly quotes like the one…
    Duke Cheston, September 9, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation with Jenna Ashley Robinson of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy about the myth of the $1 million college earnings advantage. Roy Cordato’s guest Daily Journal punctures myths about sustainable growth.
    Mitch Kokai, September 9, 2011
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    The academicization of 9/11

    Amid the somber ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, one set of events will be slightly different. Charlotte Allen warns us in the latest Weekly Standard that college academics are approaching the anniversary in a different way. Unlike the commemorations…
    Mitch Kokai, September 7, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Jenna Ashley Robinson’s latest Carolina Journal Online report documents faculty work loads in the University of North Carolina system. John Hood’s Daily Journal examines dueling jobs plans from President Obama and his critics.
    Mitch Kokai, September 7, 2011