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October 2013

The Drug War Is Over (If Obama Wants It)

by Nick Gillespie Oct 30, 2013 5:45 AM EDT Daily Beast With 58 percent of Americans supporting the legalization of marijuana, 2013 will be remembered as the year America surrendered in the drug war. But will Obama embrace it? Years from now, 2013 isn’t going to remembered as the year when Obamacare went down faster […]

What is income inequality, anyway?

By John D. Sutter, CNN updated 7:18 PM EDT, Tue October 29, 2013 Editor’s note: John D. Sutter is a columnist for CNN Opinion and head of CNN’s Change the List project. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. E-mail him at [email protected] (CNN) — President Obama called it “the defining issue of our time” […]

7 ways to narrow the rich-poor gap

By John D. Sutter, CNN updated 5:43 PM EDT, Wed October 30, 2013 CNN Editor’s note: John D. Sutter is a columnist for CNN Opinion and head of CNN’s Change the List project. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. E-mail him at [email protected] Lake Providence, Louisiana (CNN) — “You have to sit back and […]

U.N. Prepares for Regional Polio Outbreak in Syria and Lebanon

by Josh Rogin Oct 31, 2013 5:45 AM EDT Daily Beast Polio has appeared in Syria for the first time in a decade—and the U.N. is scrambling to vaccinate millions of children in neighboring countries to contain the threat of a widespread epidemic. The U.N. is preparing a huge region-wide polio vaccination campaign out of […]

The Education Reform Racket

By Robert Weissberg American Thinker October 31, 2013 Decades ago the longshoreman-turned-philosopher Eric Hoffer asserted, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” Nowhere does this observation apply more forcefully than in American public education. From the second half of the 19th century until perhaps the 1950s, […]

China’s 10 new and surprising school reform rules

BY VALERIE STRAUSS Washington Post October 30 at 12:00 pm Earlier this year China began a major education reform initiative designed to increase student engagement and end student boredom and anxiety. Curbing standardized testing was one aim. Scholar Yong Zhao wrote about it first in this post, and, now, below, gives us the latest developments. […]

NIH Awards NanoBio Up To $10M For Pandemic Flu Vaccine

Wed, 10/30/2013 – 1:47pm Drug Discovery & Development NanoBio Corporation has been awarded an initial contract worth $5.5 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to develop a nanoemulsion (NE) adjuvant for use with a pandemic influenza vaccine. The total contract is valued […]

Student debt crisis? No, expectations crisis

MARGARET WENTE The Globe and Mail Published Thursday, Oct. 31 2013, 7:00 AM EDT Student debt in Canada is crushing – at least, that’s what we’re led to believe. Soaring tuition fees and an iffy job market mean that many graduates will be paying off their student loans for years to come, we’re told. Today’s […]

10 Failed Climate Change Denial Arguments

OCT. 28 2013 7:45 AM By Phil Plai Slate If you think the climate isn’t changing, well, I’ve got some bad news for you. It is. Of course the climate’s changing. It always does. The problem is on top of that incredibly slow natural variation, the climate is changing due to human influence, and it’s […]

A Distraction from Real Education Reform

The emphasis on common standards is drawing attention away from bigger problems By ERIC HANUSHEK October 28, 2013 USNewss Policymakers and reform advocates alike have rallied around introducing a set of national content standards, suggesting that this will jump-start the stagnating achievement of U.S. students. As history clearly indicates, simply calling for students to know […]