Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

What Are We Doing?

March 30th, 2012

I’ve written before in support of Pell grants—federal assistance for college tuition targeted at students from low-income families.  Barriers to college entry and completion have gotten steeper in recent years, as family incomes have lagged far behind tuition increases.  Think of Pell grants as a ladder to climb over those steeper barriers. So the last… Read more

Sunday Papers

March 4th, 2012

First, whatever you read today, read this.  It’s a pitch-perfect discussion by an honest, self-effacing man trying to do the best he can in a very tough job: teaching students with learning disabilities.  The piece thoroughly captures the challenges he faces in a system that provides more arbitrary scrutiny than support. I live in a… Read more

Build on the Momentum We’ve Got

January 24th, 2012

The President gave a strong speech tonight, laying out what he called “a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last.” The overall message of the economics in the speech—and it was largely an economics speech—was that there’s a lot we need to get done if we’re going to get this economy working for working… Read more

Pells Under Fire

December 17th, 2011

A number of folks suggested that free or subsidized higher education should be part of the OPA (the policy agenda implied by the President’s Osawatomie speech). I take the point.  There are many market barriers to both access to and completion of higher ed and thus a well-established role for government.  (While policy has typically… Read more