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Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

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How does Florida's Governor DeSantis explain that Common Core is bad for Florida & why are Math textbooks referencing it rejected for use there?

The titles of CBS Miami's April 16, 2022 Florida Department Of Education Rejects Nearly Half Of Textbooks Submitted For Next School Year and Click Orlando's Florida education officials reject 54 math ...
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What is the position of women in current (early 2022) Afghan society?

As of 2022, the Taliban managed to take over Afghanistan approximately half a year ago. I would like to know more about the current situation over there. To be precise, I've read that women under the ...
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Why are many US school boards elected?

I think it is odd that school boards are elected in many if not most school districts in the United States. This makes me wonder what the political and historical reasons for electing school boards. ...
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Has the FBI created a structure or apparatus for school boards to report threats from parents?

Some political controversy has been generated by Merrick Garland's October 4, 2021, memo to the FBI, which directed the agency to "...open dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting, ...
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Why did New York try to pass a bill to allow disability schools to 'keep' money they were 'not required to pay back'?

Back in October, Governor Hochul vetoed a bill with unanimous support that would have allowed special education providers to keep federal PPP loan money. The state Legislature unanimously passed a ...
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Have any US politicians proposed fully cutting funding from religious schools?

According to hhs.gov, religious schools can receive government funding for non-religious activities. As with most things religion related, this seems like it could be controversial in the US, and ...
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As a UK resident, why are the comings and goings inside individual American schools reported on National news stations? [closed]

Growing up in the UK in the 90's, we didn't really care whether Bethany got in trouble for wearing her hair long, or Darren got in trouble for wearing a particular t-shirt. Now, however, such trivial ...
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Which country has the most cabinet ministers with PhDs?

I would be happy to know which country has the maximum number of ministers with PhD degrees. I ask this question because I was reading about the new ministers appointed by the Modi government. Looks ...
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How do Palestinian schools teach about the Holocaust?

How do schools in Palestine (at least those controlled by the Palestinian government) teach about the events of the Holocaust? What do their official textbooks say on the subject? Mirror question: How ...
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What is Critical Race Theory (in the context of the recent flood of news articles that mention it)

In recent years, I have observed a rapid increase in news articles* about courses in US schools and US enterprises that are allegedly "based on" Critical Race Theory, and these articles ...
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What countries explicitly ban (in publicly funded education) the teaching that people are responsible for the acts of their ancestors?

A new bill proposed in Idaho Idaho lawmakers have advanced a bill that would prohibit public schools, including public universities, from teaching that "any sex, race, ethnicity, religion, color,...
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Why are many college towns so Democratic?

I have been looking at college towns. I took a picture of their average precinct in the 2020 presidential election. University of Michigan average precinct: These college towns are recording ...
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Why are US student loans nearly impossible to remove via bankruptcy?

In the United States it is very hard to get rid of student loans. They cannot be discharged in bankruptcy except for under extenuating circumstances. I find that bizarre given how people are ...
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Why are countries consistently ranked across "nice" lists?

I have noticed over the last couple of years, that countries that are ranked high on one list that ranks by a property that is favorable, also rank high on other similar lists. For example on https://...
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Why does the city of San Francisco have to sue its school board to get schools reopened?

According to the SF Chronicle: The fight over reopening San Francisco’s public schools will take a dramatic, heated turn on Wednesday as the city becomes the first in the state — and possibly the ...
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Politics of incentivizing talented people from other fields to become teachers [closed]

I was thinking about how creative incentives (such as signing bonuses for example) can encourage talented people who are able to teach to go into teaching. The idea is that many of those people don't ...
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How would one justify public funding for non-STEM (or unprofitable) college majors to a non college educated taxpayer?

I'm curious what kind of arguments one could give to justify to someone without a college education that they would have to pay for someone else's education that they themselves never received. With ...
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Correlation between county-level college education level and swing towards Democrats from 2016-2020?

On the Census.gov website, there is a feature to see how much of a population has a bachelor's degree or higher in education. I want to see the county-level correlation between how much of the ...
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Are Democratic members of congress more educated?

I have read some people on this site talking about how whether or not white Americans have a college degree can change their voting habits. I was thinking about this topic regardless of race in ...
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Why does having a college degree make a difference to how white Americans vote?

Four years after the 2016 election, it hasn't changed that the majority of non-college-degree white people support Trump's re-election, while the majority of college-degree white people don't. Why ...
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Do countries and institutions have a political interest in allowing researchers to plagiarize scientific research?

Do countries and institutions have a political interest in allowing researchers to plagiarize scientific research? I am wondering if there might be any political interest in allowing plagiarism in ...
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Is there a correlation between education quality and democracy quality?

In democracies, it seems to me the problems with politics and politicians is that they are forced to pander to the ignorant masses based on fear tactics, false promises, and oversimplification of ...
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How effective would a student loan forgiveness program be if it only applied to governmental loans? [closed]

How effective would a student loan forgiveness program be if it only applied to Federal student loans, with private loans being exempt? For example, my student loans exceed $160k with less than $10k ...
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What does the Economist mean by "liberal graduates, conservative school-leavers"?

In an article in The Economist titled: Return of the paranoid style - Fake news is fooling more conservatives than liberals. Why?, the author states: Conservatives’ complaints that elites are not on ...
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Why does the UK government write off student loan debt after 30 years?

In the UK, if you haven't paid back student loans within 30 years they are written off. Why would the government institute such a policy? As far as I can see, it results in most people not paying back ...
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State media in democratic countries and open technologies

In democratic countries, one of a given State news media's tasks is to inform citizens about important events in manner which is as adequate and objective as possible. Also important economy and ...
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Why does the United States have some of the best universities and tertiary education in the world yet only ranks average in K-12 education?

By universities, I would also include colleges of course. The claims about tertiary education and schools are generally well known, and backed by various rankings. In regards to K-12 education, there ...
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Why is/was the National Liberal Party of Romania opposed to Catholic & Hungarian school when they support a German-minority president?

According to the only snippet on this I found in English, from March 20, 2018: The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) has admitted on Monday the PNL and PMP notification regarding the draft law ...
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Is VAT on private school tuition fees against EU law?

According to a leaked source, the Labour government plans to introduce VAT on private school fees to pay for free meals for all primary school pupils. But isn’t this clearly illegal under EU law? The ...
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Why is there a strong link between education and voting Remain?

The more highly educated you are, the more you are likely to have voted for remain rather than leave, in the EU referrendum. Why is this the case? From YouGov: 70% of voters whose educational ...
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Is anyone advocating the promotion of homosexuality in UK schools?

There appears to be a line of argument used by a vocal minority that children should not be educated about homosexuality (and, I suppose, non-binary gender identities) because the proposals are to "...
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What is the purpose of (student) debt forgiveness? [closed]

What is the purpose of student debt forgiveness? Which problem does it attempt to solve, and how does it go about solving it? Specifically, What is the problem? A student in debt is a person in debt ...
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Do any 2020 Democratic primary candidates advocate for charter schools?

I read this Washington Post article stating the 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates are less in favor of charter schools than previous Democrats such as Barack Obama. If the candidates ...
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What policies are used to prevent segregation in education today?

According to Wikipedia, desegregation busing is: Desegregation busing in the United States (also known as simply busing) is the practice of assigning and transporting students to schools so as to ...
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How does Israel teach the displacement of the Arab population in 1948 (Nakba)?

How do Israeli educational institutions go about teaching the Nakba? According to Wikipedia it can be summarized as following: The Nakba ("catastrophe", or "cataclysm"'), also ...
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A. B, C, or D statistical voting placement on ballot?

In school, we were taught to always pick C in a multiple choice question if unsure. Would being on a particular placement on a ballot bring any statistical advantage?
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Why don't teachers unions lobby to pay off unfunded pension liabilties?

With a lot of states having issues regarding unfunded teachers pensions, I was wondering why it doesn't ever appear to be a main point of their lobbying/protesting/striking. Wouldn't it be in their ...
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What is the strategy of UK's universities for a post-Brexit world? [closed]

Brexit is disrupting the activities of universities in the UK that are committed to support research, innovation and education networks, and it will be even more so after the actual exit on Friday ...
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Why does Hungary mix politics with children's education? [closed]

According to this article (one of) the grade 8 geography textbook shows several pictures there are clearly biased against EU and US: Then there is an incredible illustration in the grade 8 ...
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Why were strict truancy laws introduced in the UK

A little while ago I noticed a post on my facebook feed somebody getting a fine for missing a day of school because of a holiday, then I came across articles such as this one in the mirror giving ...
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What political theories allow businessmen understand politic easily? [closed]

I am a businessman. A pretty successful one. I want to understand politic. Currently I think I am just a customer of a state, namely, my state, where I paid protection fee called tax. However, ...
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Why was the "value-added model" algorithm kept secret?

This TED presentation says that the New York Department of Education is using a secret algorithm to evaluate teachers: (..) teachers were being scored with a complex, secret algorithm called the "...
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Why is President Trump ending affirmative action in college admissions so controversial?

It was recently announced that: The Trump administration is expected to tell schools not to consider race in the admissions process, discontinuing the policy former President Barack Obama adopted ...
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Are African-Americans under-represented in the teaching profession?

I was doing some research on gaslighting, when I came across the following in the Gaslighting article on Wikipedia: Gaslighting can be seen as institutional and systematic. An article by Tuesda ...
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Are there any Libertarian schools?

I did some web searches and could not find any examples of a Libertarian school. In fact, there were no examples I could find of any political-oriented schools in the United States. There only seemed ...
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Why does the media workforce lean liberal or democrat

There is some evidence that the mainstream news media workforce leans liberal, or at least towards democratic party candidates. There are many examples. One from the 2008 general election: The ...
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Why did Democrats oppose Ted Cruz's provision to allow funds from 529 plans to be used for homeschooling?

Senator Ted Cruz proposed an amendment to the recent tax reform bill to allow funds from 529 plans to be used for homeschooling1, but the Democrats voted against it and it did not make it into the ...
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Are there any statistics on the socio-economic background on affirmitive action college admissions

I am wondering whether the affirmative action admission scholarships to college in the US handed out to minorities based on race or similar, goes to applicants from a poor background. The reason for ...
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Why don't people pay some tax to the country where they were raised? [closed]

In most countries, public primary and secondary education is free. If later the thus raised people leave the country to work abroad, then this is economically quite disadvantageous to the home country....
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What is the political orientation of those banning "To Kill A Mockingbird" and similar literature?

"To Kill A Mockingbird" has recently been removed from a reading list in a Mississippi school district. (example article) On Twitter, I've come across US conservatives blaming US liberals and vice ...
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