How do you make something expensive affordable for everyone? The government tried to make buying a house affordable. That hasn’t worked out so well. We are about to find out what happens when we try to make health care affordable, even if it means giving it away.
The state of the economy is still being used to prove that our schools are an embarrassment compared to other countries. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan remains adamant that we need to better prepare our teaching professionals to train students for jobs the June employment numbers show are still in short supply.
Illinois pensions are not doing teachers any favors, at least not until they retire. The failure of state government to solve the pension catastrophe has created a PR conundrum for teachers who will be blamed for the enormity of their promised benefits.
What a relief. It turns out that Americans are not stupid, after all. Despite warnings that we are falling behind, of half-bright preschool kids and non-STEM teachers who can’t teach the skills to help us snag those jobs of the future, new figures show that we still beat most of our foreign-born friends and neighbors when it comes to education.
Seizing student loans from the banks just wasn’t enough. The government takeover of the student loan business was the opening salvo in the Obama administration’s college affordability crisis (see: Republicans Bear the Guilt for Student Loan Interest Bailout), a way to continue punishing banks while paving the way to clamping down on colleges so they can serve the president’s plans for our economy.