How Higher Education in the US Was Destroyed in 5 Basic Steps | Alternet flashback 

How Higher Education in the US Was Destroyed in 5 Basic Steps

Higher education is not what it used to be, and that’s no accident.

A few years back, Paul E. Lingenfelter began his report on the defunding of public education by saying, “In 1920 H.G. Wells wrote, ‘History is becoming more and more a race between education and catastrophe.’

I think he got it right. Nothing is more important to the future of the United States and the world than the breadth and effectiveness of education, especially of higher education.

I say especially higher education, but not because pre- school, elementary, and secondary education are less important. Success at every level of education obviously depends on what has gone before.

But for better or worse, the quality of postsecondary education and research affects the quality and effectiveness of education at every level.”In the last few years, conversations have been growing like gathering storm clouds about the ways in which our universities are failing.

There is talk about the poor educational outcomes apparent in our graduates, the out-of-control tuitions and crippling student loan debt. Attention is finally being paid to the enormous salaries for presidents and sports coaches, and the migrant worker status of the low-wage majority faculty.

There are movements to control tuition, to forgive student debt, to create more powerful “assessment” tools, to offer “free” university materials online, to combat adjunct faculty exploitation.

But each of these movements focuses on a narrow aspect of a much wider problem, and no amount of “fix” for these aspects individually will address the real reason that universities in America are dying.To explain my perspective here, I need to go back in time.

Let’s go back to…

Source: How Higher Education in the US Was Destroyed in 5 Basic Steps | Alternet

From the CURMUDGUCATION blog: A Bad Child?

A Bad Child?

Posted by Peter Greene: 27 May 2016 07:44 AM PDT

I don’t remember the first person to ask me, but I remember how I felt when I heard the question, asked of my then fresh-out-the-package daughter.

Is she a good baby?

I was stumped. She’s a baby. I’m pretty sure that her moral and ethical sense are somewhat limited at the moment, that she doesn’t really know much about the world or her proper relationship with it. Good? Bad? She’s a baby.

Of course, what the question meant (and still means, because now I hear it asked about my grandson) is…

Read the full post here: CURMUDGUCATION: A Bad Child?

FACTCHECK.org: Inspector General’s report contradicts Clinton’s previous State Dept email claims

The State Department Office of Inspector General has issued a report that contradicts several of Hillary Clinton’s claims about her emails.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that her decision to use a private email account and server for government business while secretary of state was “allowed” by the State Department. She has said “my predecessors did the same thing,” and insisted she “fully complied with every rule” in preserving her work emails.

We have taken issue with those claims, and now so does the State Department Office of Inspector General, which issued a report on May 26 that contradicts several of Clinton’s claims about her emails here: IG Report on Clinton’s Emails

Friday Alert/Newsletter from the Alliance for Retired Americans

Headlines:

Verizon Strike Enters 7th Week;
Donald Trump is a Threat to Social Security and Medicare;
Department of Labor Announces New Overtime Rule;
Former Pennsylvania Alliance President Jean Friday

Verizon Strike Enters 7th Week

As the Verizon strike continues the telecom giant is scrambling to keep up with service demands. With nearly 40,000 of their employees on strike, Verizon has put the calls out to hire hundreds of temporary employees in an attempt to replace them. The Verizon workers are represented by the Communications Workers of Americaand the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Verizon’s stock price has fallen nearly 5% in recent days, indicating shareholder disapproval.

“The Verizon workers’ fight is our fight,” said Robert Roach, President of the Alliance. “They are fighting against low wages, outsourced jobs, and unfair contracts. We are urging all our members to get involved by going to www.standuptoverizon.com  and attending an event, signing the petition or donating to the Solidarity Fund.”

The walk off began  after negotiations broke down for a new contract that would have lowered healthcare benefits for employees and rely more heavily on cheaper contract workers.

Recently, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez became involved in talks and House Minority Leader Pelosi joined a picket line.

Donald Trump is a Threat to Social Security and Medicare

A person is known by the company he keeps, and among Donald Trump’s top advisors are two people who have long track records advocating for privatizing and/or cutting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Sam Clovis, Trump’s senior policy advisor, recently said that a Trump administration would ‘look at” privatization of Medicare and Social Security after a year or two. And he isn’t the only Trump team member to advocate cutting off support for seniors. John Mashburn, Trump’s policy director, recently likened the disability program to a welfare program.

“Donald Trump has Social Security a ‘ponzi scheme’ but is hoping that voters will forget that when it comes time to vote,” said Joe Peters, Secretary-Treasurer of the Alliance. “He’s surrounding himself with people who have an anti-senior agenda. Retirees should be wary of someone who lacks a core commitment to retirement security and the sanctity of our earned benefits.”

Department of Labor Announces New Overtime Rule

The Obama administration released a new rule this month that will expand overtime pay to millions of Americans, as well as encourage new hiring. Under the new rule, those making up to $47,476 per year must be paid time and a half for hours worked overtime. The change is expected to affect an estimated 4.2 million workers.

“We applaud this incredible move to protect workers’ rights,” said Rich Fiesta, Alliance Executive Director. “Higher wages will help create a more secure retirement for millions of Americans.”

The last time the rule was updated was 2004, when the salary cap for overtime was set at $23,660. That limit on overtime was to prevent those in executive or management positions from claiming overtime pay, however the salary limit was too low to reflect that. In many instances, workers who were being paid a salary above the limit were making less than minimum wage when working unpaid overtime hours. The new rule more than doubles the salary cap, and will encourage employers to either pay workers for their time or hire more staff to manage the workload.

The new overtime rule will take effect December 1, 2016. This informative video from the Department of Labor explains the details.

Former Pennsylvania Alliance President Jean Friday

Wilma Jean Friday, former President of the Pennsylvania Alliance, died on May 22 at the age of 82. A retired Steelworker, Jean was a strong advocate for retirees and all working people.

“We will all miss Jean, said Mr. Fiesta. “She did so much for so long on behalf of Pennsylvania seniors. We send our condolences to her entire family.”

For a printable or pdf version of this document, click here.

For the Alliance’s Spanish language page, which includes last week’s Friday Alert in Spanish, go towww.retiredamericans.org/en-espanol

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Public call for Snyder to stop Flint investigation is astonishing | Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio

“Wait? What? You want I should do what? Why? How come? Oh. Sure. I guess so anyway. Gee, this is so cool not having to answer to a board of directors. “

 

Public call for Snyder to stop Flint investigation is astonishing

By Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio

Something happened yesterday that left me flabbergasted.

Federal, local and state officials ganged up on Governor Rick Snyder and told him his efforts to investigate the mess in Flint were hampering their attempts to do so, and told him to knock it off.

Read and/or listen to Jack’s essay here: Public call for Snyder to stop Flint investigation is astonishing | Michigan Radio

Big Pharma Sells Us Risky Meds We Don’t Need for Disorders It Made Up and Which We Don’t Have – Truthdig

Medical societies and paid drug industry researchers have loaded society up with new definitions of alleged ill health from which drug companies can profit when millions of otherwise well people are labeled as ailing.

In one instance, all five authors of a report had ties to a drug company that stood to profit from the study’s “findings.”

Source: Big Pharma Sells Us Risky Meds We Don’t Need for Disorders It Made Up and Which We Don’t Have – Truthdig

Mike Klonsky: The Debacle of School Reform in Chicago

The next time you hear boastful claims about “reform,” think Chicago.

Poor Chicago! Arne Duncan launched his version of reform there in 2001, with Gates funding. School closings, test scores above all, new schools, charter schools. And what is left now: a public school system struggling to survive. The results of Arne’s reforms: zilch.

Then Obama named his basketball buddy as Secretary of Education and the reforms that failed in Chicago were imposed on the nation by the ill-fated Race to the Too, where everyone is a loser.

So, Mike Klonsky tells us, reform is business as usual. The Chicago way. Those that have, get more. Those that have not, get ignored.

Fifteen years of reform. Think Chicago. Where Democratic leaders pander to billionaires and strangle the public schools.

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The next time you hear boastful claims about “reform,” think Chicago.

Poor Chicago! Arne Duncan launched his version of reform there in 2001, with Gates funding. School closings, test scores above all, new schools, charter schools. And what is left now: a public school system struggling to survive. The results of Arne’s reforms: zilch.

Then Obama named his basketball buddy as Secretary of Education and the reforms that failed in Chicago were imposed on the nation by the ill-fated Race to the Too, where everyone is a loser.

So, Mike Klonsky tells us, reform is business as usual. The Chicago way. Those that have, get more. Those that have not, get ignored.

Fifteen years of reform. Think Chicago. Where Democratic leaders pander to billionaires and strangle the public schools.

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