Of all U.S. high school students who graduated in 2011, only 45 percent were ready for college-level math and a mere 30 percent were ready for science, according to ACT, a college-entrance testing agency. These data reflect the great challenge facing the U.S. in preparing students for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.
What might a reasonable, constructive presidential campaign look like? To ask the question invites immediate dissent because we probably can’t even agree across philosophical or political lines what “reasonable” and “constructive” mean.
Support for higher education has never been more important to the nation’s economic future than today. According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2018, 63 percent of U.S. jobs will require some form of postsecondary education.
As we struggle to recover from the "Great Recession," the quantity of jobs being generated in the U.S. remains our paramount concern, and we stay focused on the national unemployment rate that the Department of Labor announces each month.
Recalls and impeachments are a remedy of last resort. Most of the time, voters who don’t like an incumbent choose to live with the offending politician until the next election, on the sensible theory that fixed terms of office and regular elections are adequate checks on abuses of power and extreme policies.
Information technology represents a sizeable obstacle to the implementation of the health insurance exchanges required under healthcare reform, and could ultimately prove to be the undoing of such efforts, Politico reports this week.
States are making a major push to upgrade their Medicaid enrollment systems, thanks in part to funding provided by the stimulus bill. But a January study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that only one state, Oklahoma, had a fully automated Medicaid enrollment system that could process applications in real time. And the state is fighting the health reform law.
David Brooks, my NPR sparring partner, offered a kind mention of my new book, “Our Divided Political Heart,” in his column today — “engrossing,” he called it — and he both agreed and disagreed with me, which I suppose is a habit for us.