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The experience of getting a degree exposes you to a wider circle of people. I'm white, male, and went to a school near where I grew up. The school and church had an intertwined population, and my social circle from the neighbourhood, school and church, all overlapped. There were a lot of people just like me, all white, all middle-lower class. Your friends-...


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Cosmopolitanism leads to social liberalism. It's been proven time and again since at least the 1950's: the more you're exposed to a variety of people and viewpoints, the more likely you are to have empathy and tolerance for other people. Empathy and tolerance are the backbone of social liberalism, and of the two major parties, the Democrats are more strongly ...


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While existing accepted answer is rather popular, it's mostly wrong. As per commenter's request, TL;DR showing the difference Accepted answer seems to imply (without evidence to prove that implication) that school funding disparity causes school districts to be better or worse. The (incorrect) conclusion from that assertion is that to address the issue; ...


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It seems this issue came to media attention with Parkfield primary school in Birmingham in March 2019. However, similar disputes in Birmingham schools do precede this kerfuffle. The school's leadership had started a 'No Outsiders' class. The point of this class was to teach children to be tolerant of people from different races, genders, or sexualities. ...


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Here is the statement from Senator Wyden (D-Oregon) regarding his opposition to the amendment: Mr. President, Senator Cruz's amendment expands tax subsidies for upper income households to aid private or parochial schools by allowing 529 account balances to spend up to $10,000 a year on private or parochial school tuition and supplies. ...


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Writing the debts off after 30 years is a way of linking repayments to earnings, as well as negating the risk of the loan to the student. Loan repayments are usually made automatically as part of tax on your income, and no payments are required unless your income is over a certain level, currently around £26,500 - there is no legal way to avoid paying back ...


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I don't think there's a clear and definitive reason. The Nondischargeability of Student Loans in Personal Bankruptcy Proceedings: The Search for a Theory by John A. E. Pottow of the University of Michigan Law School explores the very question you ask here. It provides 6 six reasons for making student loans nondischargeable. I'll try to summarize those ...


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The article you've linked actually describes Affirmative Action (AA) as controversial, not the ending of it. That said, it's fair to say that anything related to AA -- starting it, ending it, expanding it, shrinking it, whatever -- is controversial in the US. The fundamental issue is that you can't favor one person without disfavoring another. A lot of ...


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Biden did particularly well in two demographics: Voters under 30 (62% for Biden vs. 35% for Trump) College educated voters (55% for Biden vs. 42% for Trump) So the reason why Biden did so particularly well in university districts could be that college students are the intersection of those two demographics. Another reason could be (but that's just my ...


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From what I can tell, it is not part of the education in government-run schools in Gaza or the West Bank (which is not surprising, considering that the Hamas is an antisemitic, terrorist organization that denies the Holocaust and the PA swings between outright Holocaust denial and downplaying the Holocaust). Wikipedia eg states: The Holocaust is not taught ...


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It just happens that scoring high in the indexes you listed - progressive policies, social mobility, education and income equality - all require the same two things: A productive economy which generates a lot of GDP The political will to tap into that GDP through taxation and spend those funds on social politics So any country which has these two things ...


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Only about half of the funding for public schools in the United States comes from the federal and state budget. The other half comes from local property taxes. The property tax income varies a lot between rich and poor districts. That means schools in poor districts have vastly less funding available than those in rich districts. The yearly budget per ...


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After one generation, you would have lots of engineers and lawyers and few, if any, teachers. After two generations, you would have neither engineers nor teachers. Our culture is more than just engineering. It might be possible to ignore that on the short term, but not for long. So one could say that we're systematically underpaying kindergarten teachers and ...


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There are at least three benefits: Influence: Some students will go on to become their country's elite and will stay in a touch with the network they build in university. Expanding the workforce: Some students will stay and work in Germany after their studies (there are actually some rules to encourage that in immigration law). Making the country attractive ...


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First, some background on where the academic/sociological concept of Critical Race Theory comes from, then I'll address CRT's current invocations directly. Critical Theory and it's descendants (in this case Critical Theory->Critical Legal Studies->Critical Race Theory) is a sort of methodological approach to talking about sociological, economic, ...


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As a former non-EU student at a Czech university who studied free of charge (and in fact received a stipend from the government), I can answer this for Czech Republic. At current rates, the government spends around 50 thousand crowns per university student per year, which is around 2000 Euros. In 2016 there were 280 thousand students in total and out of ...


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Everyone benefits from an educated society. People with an education, even in non STEM fields are more productive: Just ask Lawyers, Teachers, Advertisers, Designers, Business executives, HR professionals, and all the hundreds of other degree level jobs that exist. A degree, any degree, halves your chance of being unemployed. People with an education are ...


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Palestinian textbooks do not mention the holocaust directly at all. This is similar to other Arab curricula like in Egypt, Syria or Iraq, where a clear emphasis is put on the 'nakba', the 'catastrophe'. — UNESCO: "The International Status of Education about the Holocaust. A Global Mapping of Textbooks and Curricula", 2015. (online-book) The ...


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The Department of Education was created by the Department of Education Organization Act (1979). The description of the Secretary's role is: The Department shall be administered, in accordance with the provisions of this Act, under the supervision and direction of a Secretary of Education. The Secretary's job is to run the ...


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The simple explanation is that virtually all K-12 schools are funded directly by governments (in other words they are politically-driven entities), while many colleges and universities are funded in no small part by tuition. Thus, if a public school system begins to fail, it may or may not get any reforms to stop it from failing in the future. A simple ...


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The Federal government of Ethiopia has 12 PhDs. The names are listed below: Abiy Ahmed (PhD) Prime Minister Kene’a Yadeta (PhD) Minister of Defense Getahun Mekuria (PhD) Minister of Education Lia Tadesse (PhD) Minister of Health Samuel Urkato (PhD) Minister of Science and Higher Education Sileshi Bekele (PhD) Minister of Water, ...


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Assuming we're allowing past governments - at the beginning of 2011, the second Merkel Cabinet (Germany) included twelve ministers with PhDs or other doctoral degrees. Unfortunately, only ten still retain their degrees, as in February 2011, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg's doctorate was withdrawn by the University of Bayreuth after plagiarism was discovered (see ...


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The limitations on the discharge of student loans was hardened in the 2005 Act but long predates it. The basic notion is that the education that you receive in exchange for a student loan is not collateral that can be recovered by a creditor. You get to keep your education, no matter what. Since this is a big investment and provides economic benefit to ...


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The verb "promote" is something of a complicated word. To quote the OED, one meaning is To publicize or advertise (a product, organization, venture, etc.) so as to increase sales or public awareness. Several relatively mainstream organisations are interested in increasing public awareness of LGBT issues in schools and elsewhere, in order to normalise the ...


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Existing answers pretty much cover the ground well, but I will answer a specific assertion in your question that is not actually correct either: High school also teach similar topics as colleges, such as science, social science That is not correct, either qualitatively or quantitatively. One thing that most people discussing the topic usually fail to make ...


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Counterquestion: Why exactly should people pay for education? Before you think that it is a ludicrous counterquestion, think hard about it. Would you expect that parents should pay the same amount of tuition fees for their little children? True, a professor earns much more than a primary school teacher, but if you compare the relative amount primary school ...


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I haven't found anything specific, but I see two possible reasons. Possibility 1: The Democrats voted against to be obstructionist. Given that the Democrats couldn't block the bill itself, it's possible that they were just looking for any opportunity to shoot down a Republican initiative. Since this one ran afoul of the Byrd Rule, it was possible for them ...


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African-americans are 12.6% of the USA population. This table shows the breakdown of teachers for 2007-8, so its a bit out of date, but I doubt that the situation has changed greatly in the last 10 years. At that time 6.7% of teachers were "black, non-Hispanic". While there is no analysis of the correlation between black pupils and black teachers, the ...


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March 1st's (2014) edition of The Economist has a highly insightful essay entitled "What's Gone Wrong With Democracy". In it, they point out many of the problems that you highlight: In an era of interconnectedness, referenda that appear only every few years may seem so slow as to make them look downright antiquated. Autocrats and truly liberal ...


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When student loans were first set up in the 90s, they were only to cover the cost of living (food, accommodation, clothes, etc.). At that point tuition was still free, and there was still some grant funding in place too. Students like myself graduated with £10k of loans or less. The government envisaged that some students would fail to pay it off, but they ...


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