Archive for March, 2018

What a good public university can do

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

The value of public educational institutions extends far beyond the K-12 schools I wrote about earlier this month. Public universities can also be outsize contributors to the public good. Washington Monthly has a track record of excellent work on higher ed — this article on the University of California system is a great example.  It describes how the UC system has largely managed to be free tuition, even after the Reagan administration abolished free tuition for all.

What difference one good public school makes

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

It’s now more than two weeks since the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. By the usual chronology the story would be old news, the brief activism for gun control would have passed and the NRA would again be in control of the story. That’s what has happened after many shootings. But Stoneman Douglas is still news, still in our faces, largely because of the activism of the survivors themselves. Why are they different? One thought is that their school prepared them for this role.

From the Washington Monthly: read this story about their school and their AP Government class.

From Slate: Another story on the same theme, noting the importance of adequate funding