Friday, October 9, 2009


Krugman: 'The uneducated American'
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States economy lost 273,000 jobs last month. Of those lost jobs, 29,000 were in state and local education, bringing the total losses in that category over the past five months to 143,000. That may not sound like much, but education is one of those areas that should, and normally does, keep growing even during a recession. Markets may be troubled, but that’s no reason to stop teaching our children. Yet that’s exactly what we’re doing. (Paul Krugman, NYT)
Scary dropout rates
“We’re trying to show what it means to be a dropout in the 21st century United States,” said Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern, who headed a team of researchers that prepared the report. “It’s one of the country’s costliest problems. The unemployment, the incarceration rates — it’s scary.” (NYT)
Jeb Bush--the milkman
I wish our schools could be more like milk. You heard me, I said milk,” a copy of Bush’s speech reads. “Go down the aisle of nearly any major supermarket these days and you will find an incredible selection of milk. (Post on Politics) h/t Ken Libby

1 comment:

  1. Re: Krugman's excellent column this morning in the Times to which you refer and from which you quote. I was talking to an organizer for the IEA when I was in Ottawa this week. IEA membership numbers aren't in yet for this year. But they may be down as much as 33,000 from last year. That represents teachers and other education support employees across the state and doesn't include those represented by the IFT. It is huge and the impact on schools is huge as well


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