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

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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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Why do some European countries provide free higher education to foreigners?

Germany, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Slovenia, Austria, Slovak republic, and so on. Why do they allow non-EU/EEA students to have free tuitions? What is their benefit as a country?
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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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Why are there “bad school districts” and “good school districts” in the US, assuming that the government works hard to increase education standards?

In many areas of the US people choose the place to live based on the quality of local schools. In districts where schools are geographically segregated, many parents even resolve to various scams in ...
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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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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 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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Does the Secretary of Education have to support public education?

Many have expressed distress at the confirmation of many of President Donald Trump's cabinet picks because of their disdain of the Agencies they have been charged with running. The best example is ...
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Why fund the research in pure mathematics?

I post this question on politics.se, as suggested by this answer of Bjørn Kjos-Hanssen. The research in pure mathematics has (generally) no other choice that being funded by public organizations ...
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Is democracy failing nowadays? [closed]

Democracy, in the shortest form is defined as "Government by the people". In the first sight it looks very nice, as if "people together" will judge and assess, which government is good and ultimately ...
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How was the US able to create a Department of Education at the Federal level?

Looking through Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution (that part of the document that enumerates the powers of the Congress), there is nothing that talks about Congress' role in education. ...
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In the U.S., are people with more education more likely to vote liberal?

In the U.S., are people with more education more likely to vote liberal and progressive, or is this merely a perception? If yes, is this true in general, or only for certain disciplines? Are there any ...
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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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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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Is restricting the teaching of critical thinking in schools associated with any political parties?

The Washingon Post noted that the 2012 Party of Texas platform supported: Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical ...
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Where does North Korea find scientists to develop its missiles?

Where does North Korea find scientists to develop its missiles in order to continue the development of their scientific research? Do they have any education background or they hire foreign scientists?...
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Does standard of living correlate with higher education?

This question aims at the correlation between a societies standard of living and standard of formal education. For example, over the past century, America has had the fortune of being a place with a ...
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How does Islamic single-sex education, ruled unlawful, differ from other single-sex education in the UK?

BBC News reports that Islamic single-sex education has been ruled unlawful. Yet there are more than 400 single-sex schools in the UK. Why is the Islamic one unlawful when hundreds of single-sex ...
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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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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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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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How can Obama's free community college plan budget only $60B for 10 years?

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/02/free_community_college_take_a_math_class_mulshine.html Paul Mulshine's article attacks Obama's claim that only $60B will cover ten years whereas ...
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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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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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Would it be justified for a libertarian state to ban certain religious schools?

From a libertarian perspective, public education system is not desirable in a free society, roughly because public education is a monopoly (in this case, of the State), which is based on the ...
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What effect does early education have on graduation rate, pregnancy, and violent crime?

In Obama's state of the union address 2013 he said, Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than seven dollars later on -- boosting graduation rates, reducing teen ...
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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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Educational records of congress?

As part of a research project, I'm interested in finding comprehensive educational records of United States politicians in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. This would include what ...
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Why would a school in Istanbul be asked to cancel Christmas celebrations?

Deutsche Welle reports that: A German-funded school in Istanbul has told teachers they cannot even talk about Christmas in class. ... Each December, the school has a small celebration for Christmas ...
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Do children that attend Head Start preschool programs perform significantly better than those who don't?

During the 2013 State of the Union Address, Barack Obama said Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road. But today, fewer than 3 in 10 ...
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Has the US Government acknowledged the slight decline of the secondary education?

According to this article, US has recorded a slight decline in PISA scores: The PISA is a worldwide exam conducted every three years that measures 15-year-olds in 72 countries. About 540,000 ...
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Why is “I love the poorly educated” so frequently mocked?

One statement that Trump made was “We won the evangelicals. We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated. I love the poorly educated.” The sentence "...
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What is the political justification for English students having to pay to go to Scottish universities whereas EU students go for free?

Currently, Scottish and EU students attending undergraduate courses at Scottish universities are not subject to tuition fees. English students however, are. In light of the fact Scotland and England ...
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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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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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Are there education tests other than PISA test to compare education performance among countries?

When comparing the education level and performance among countries, the media tends to like to use the PISA test. Are there any education tests other than PISA that compare educational performance ...
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What are the number of failing K-12 schools in America?

Does the government, or third party, provide a definition for what constitutes a failing public school in the United States, K-12? Are there government supplied, and potentially third party sources, ...
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What public policy justifications exist for giving school boards direct authority over Charter School staffing?

In a conversation with a public school teacher about the restrictions on Charter Schools in Virginia, I was led to this line in a Virginia State statute on Charter Schools: E. Nothing in this ...
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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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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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UN policy towards the Education in funded countries?

I came to know that Pakistan presents the history to their students differently than India, leading to a misguidance about the countries rivalry. I don't know whether it's true or not. But **suppose ...
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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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How will Sen. Bernie Sanders ensure federal education funds will be used for education?

Taxpayer-funded college education may be a good idea, but I have yet to hear exactly how he will ensure the education funds are used solely for education, and not merely to - say - install a new ...
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How are people in Germany educated about crimes of the Wehrmacht?

The AfD gained seats in the parliament, even though the chairman was saying he is proud of Wehrmacht achievements. That raises the question, are people in Germany properly educated about WWII and the ...
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Are there protections for parochial schools who sign up for voucher programs in the USA?

What rights to set their own curriculum do parochial schools give up when they accept students on government voucher programs? I just got an email from CatholicVote.com claiming that President Trump ...
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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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Where can I find a chart of education level by political party?

It must include libertarian, democrat, and republican. I tried to find one on Google, but could not. An acceptable alternative is IQ by political party. I found libertarian education statistics in a ...
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Are grammar schools more controversial than public schools?

Apparently, in the United Kingdom, grammar schools, which select 11-year olds based on test results, are controversial, as there is a debate as to whether they do or don't enhance social mobility, ...
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Are Physical Education classes mandatory by law? [closed]

I'm extremely irritated for many reasons that physical education classes are still mandatory in my high school. I am prepared to write a letter to the principal or superintendent with a long list of ...
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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 ...