The first step in understanding the public education mess is to realize that IT’S NOT ABOUT MONEY. Teachers — despite the widespread myth — are overpaid and underworked. Innumerable studies show that parochial schools produce better test scores with half or sometimes even as little as a third of public-school budgets. California, to pick a [...]
A few years back, New York’s billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg came up with an anti-poverty program that could sound practical only to those accustomed to buying their way out of trouble. Instead of, say, encouraging economic independence and fostering self-sufficiency among New York’s underclass, the administration offered to bribe them. The [...]
Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart took aim at the corporations whose deceit helped cause the financial crisis (I suggest everyone take a look at the “Jude Law” segment at TheDailyShow.com) and the latest scandals at the Vatican.
For those not following the story, the Pope is accused of having covered up the abuse [...]