• The importance of post-secondary certificates

    As the debate rages about the value of college, another education option is finally getting well-deserved attention. Post-secondary certificates are putting significantly more Americans on an affordable pathway to gainful employment, according to a new study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, co-funded by the Lumina Foundation. This is good news for our economy, and policymakers should take notice.

  • Mitt Romney and the go-for-broke election

    Here are the two great campaign mysteries at midsummer: Why does Mitt Romney appear to be getting so much traction from ripping a few of President Obama’s words out of context? And why aren’t Romney and other Republicans moving to the political center as the election approaches?

  • Is Algebra Necessary?

    A TYPICAL American school day finds some six million high school students and two million college freshmen struggling with algebra. In both high school and college, all too many students are expected to fail. Why do we subject American students to this ordeal? I’ve found myself moving toward the strong view that we shouldn’t.

  • Beyond Romney's Olympic troubles

    Well, that foreign trip hasn’t started so well for Mitt Romney. With even Britain’s conservative newspapers mocking him, Romney must wonder whether he would have been better off staying home — or skipping the Olympics.

  • The job of getting a job starts now

    OK, listen up, college freshman: Want to know what you can do right now to prepare for the 2016 workforce?

  • Our tax reform plan deserves another look

    In this age of political polarization, agreement across party lines on any subject is almost miraculous. And yet one thing everyone agrees on is this: America’s tax code is a mess.

  • Can Obama Win Back the Youth Vote?

    In 2008, young people in America -- including many who voted in their first presidential election -- rallied behind a youthful senator from Illinois campaigning on the promise of change and hope. Now the incumbent in the White House, Barack Obama faces a difficult challenge in recapturing the youth vote for his reelection.

  • The Colorado shooting and the gag rule on guns

    For all the dysfunction in our political system, a healthy pattern usually takes hold when a terrible tragedy seizes the nation’s attention. Normally, we engage in a searching conversation over what rational steps can be taken by individuals, communities and various levels of government to make the recurrence of a comparable tragedy less likely.

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (video)

    Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne thinks Americans have always been torn by deep tension between individualism and a love of community.

  • State Budget Crisis: Alice Rivlin Stresses Need For Intergovernmental Relations

    Increased communication between the federal government and states is being emphasized as one of the ways to solve the budget crisis threatening state governments.