The Class of 2016: The labor market is still far from ideal for young graduates | Economic Policy Institute

“I teach college students about jobs and the economy, and the causes and consequences of widening inequality. So I find it sadly ironic that many of them will be graduating into a labor market that’s worse than it was a decade ago, before 2007, the Great Recession.

According to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute (below), the rate of underemployment of recent college graduates (not just how many have jobs but how many are working part-time who’d rather be working full time) is about 12.3 percent, compared with 7.1 percent in 2000. Almost 45 percent of them are in jobs that don’t require a college degree. Their pay is barely higher than it was in 2000, adjusted for inflation. Meanwhile, their student debt has skyrocketed.

Young people with only a high school degree are even worse off: They face an unemployment rate nearly 18 percent, compared with 12 percent in 2000, and their pay is lower than it was in 2000.

What to do?

1. End austerity economics. We need to invest in infrastructure and education – which will both improve overall productivity and increase overall demand.

2. Increase the federal minimum wage.

3. Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit.

4. Update overtime rules for salaried workers.

5. Allow student debtors to reorganize their debts under bankruptcy.

6. Move to a system of free public higher education.

7. Pay for this by raising top marginal tax rates on the wealthy.

Bernie (Sanders) has been pushing many of these measures.

Maybe that’s why so many young people are pushing for Bernie.

What do you think?”

– Dr. Robert Reich (from his Facebook page post of the report below)


The Class of 2016:

The labor market is still far from ideal for young graduates

Young high school and college graduates were hit hard in the Great Recession.

While young graduates’ economic prospects have brightened in recent years, they still face elevated unemployment rates and stagnant wages.

Many groups—including young graduates of color, as well as young high school graduates entering the workforce—face particularly difficult economic realities.

This report looks at trends in unemployment, underemployment, and wages of young high school and college graduates to paint a picture of the economy facing the Class of 2016.

Read the full report here: The Class of 2016: The labor market is still far from ideal for young graduates | Economic Policy Institute

What’s the big secret about the SBAC and PARCC test questions?

What’s the big secret about the ‪#‎SBAC‬ and ‪#‎PARCC‬ test questions?

Seattle Education


Back in the day, after I took a test and it was graded, I got my test paper back to see what questions I got wrong. It was part of the learning process.

It seems these days that Pearson doesn’t want the students or teachers to know what the questions are, therefore what questions each student needs to review and focus on to further educate themselves.

It has now gotten to the point where if ANYONE shares one question on the PARCC or SBAC tests, they are to be censored and threatened with legal action.

This is education?

An article was written by a teacher about the Common Core Standards PARCC test (the equivalent of the SBAC used in Washington State) and posted on the blog Outrage on the Page. It described the type of questions given, with examples of specific questions and critiqued each one superbly.

The people…

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Wheat Belly Diet Guide: Quick & Dirty #2 | by Dr. William Davis

Wheat Belly: Quick & Dirty 2

By Dr. Davis | December 5, 2012

In view of the many new readers on the Wheat Belly Blog, many of whom have not yet had an opportunity to read the book but are eager to get started, here is the updated Wheat Belly Quick & Dirty summary. It summarizes the essential dietary strategies of the Wheat Belly approach to

1) avoid all products made from high-yield, semi-dwarf wheat that wreak health destruction, and

2) create a diet that is otherwise healthy and appropriate for all members of the family.

This is the same diet I advise patients in my office to follow that achieves spectacular reductions in weight, provides relief from joint pain and acid reflux, reduces triglycerides, shoots HDL upward, reduces small LDL particles (the #1 cause of heart disease in the U.S!), and unravels diabetic/pre-diabetic tendencies.

The diet starts with the biggest step of all: elimination of wheat and other closely related grains (rye, barley, corn, oats, rice, millet, amaranth, bulgur).

But a healthy diet cannot end there, else you and I could eat no wheat but fill our calories with soft drinks and jelly beans. So the next step is to limit carbohydrates if your goal is to lose more weight and correct metabolic distortions like high blood sugar and small LDL particles.

Then, we choose our foods wisely to avoid the common boobytraps set for us by Big Food and Agribusiness, not to mention the friendly dietitian at the hospital! Diet in the 21st century is no longer just about carbs, proteins, and fats–it is also about being savvy about the changes introduced into our foods by food producers.

Source: Wheat Belly: Quick & Dirty 2 | Dr. William Davis

CURMUDGUCATION: Solving the Pension Problem

Teacher pensions are a mess. Actually, teacher pensions are twenty-some different kinds of messes, depending on how your particular state has decided to skin that particular cat.

Chad Aldeman at Bellwether Partners has been on this particular case for several years. Bellwether is a right-tilted thinky tank co-founded by Kim Smith, who also helped start up Teach for America and NewSchools Venture Fund. Other co-founders include Andrew Rotherham  (contributing editor at US News, former special assistant in Clinton White House), Monisha Lozier (former ed reform headhunter), and Mary K. Wells (former manager at Bain). Bellwether has several key partners, including NewsSchools Venture Fund, Stand for Children and, of course, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Yes, the reforminess is strong with this group.

Aldeman  himself works in the Policy and Thought Leadership department, and previously worked at the US Department of Education where he worked on ESEA waivers, teacher preparation, and the Teacher Incentive Fund.

One on Aldeman’s projects at Bellwether has been  and all the issues it connects to (here he is writing about it almost exactly two years ago). But he’s back with a new report called “What Do Pac-Man and Pensions Have in Common?”

It’s a handy title, telegraphing as it does exactly where he’s headed.

Warning. Pensions are complicated and confusing and heavy on the mathiness and economics. My stock in trade is reducing complicated ideas to simple strokes, but I’m telling you up front that I may cut some critical corner in the paragraphs ahead, including part of Aldeman’s argument. But I’m going to give it my best shot because this is serious stuff in serious need of some solutions, and we need to talk about both what should be done and what can be done. So, take a deep breath, and here we go…

Follow this link: CURMUDGUCATION: Solving the Pension Problem

Juan Cole: “No, Bill Clinton Didn’t ‘Kill’ Himself to Give the Palestinians a State” (with video) – from Truthdig

This post originally ran on Truthdig contributor Juan Cole’s website.

Former President Bill Clinton on Saturday claimed “I killed myself to give the Palestinians a state,” and maintained that he secured an agreement, which the Palestinians turned down.

In fact, no such text was ever presented to the Palestinian side, and then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak kept flaking out on commitments previously made, leaving the Palestinian negotiators with nothing to agree to.

Negoatiator Aaron Miller later admitted, “There was not a formalized, written proposal that covered the four core issues. There was no deal on the table. None of the issues were explained enough in detail to make an agreement, though the Israelis made an interesting argument on Jerusalem.”

No time here to go into the paternalist and colonial language about “giving” the Palestinians a state.  They are a stateless people because they are unrecognized; they would get a state by recognizing them as such, not giving them anything.

– Juan Cole

Here are signs Clinton didn’t put himself out that much: Juan Cole: No, Bill Clinton Didn’t ‘Kill’ Himself to Give the Palestinians a State (Video) – Juan Cole – Truthdig