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$7 /gal gasoline

March 3, 2010

That will go over well.

To meet the Obama administration’s targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, some researchers say, Americans may have to experience a sobering reality: gas at $7 a gallon.

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In the modeling, it turned out that issuing tax credits could backfire, while taxes on fuel proved beneficial.

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Bad job news to hit on Friday

Diane Ravitch reversing herself on education reform

Once outspoken about the power of standardized testing, charter schools and free markets to improve schools, Dr. Ravitch is now caustically critical. She underwent an intellectual crisis, she says, discovering that these strategies, which she now calls faddish trends, were undermining public education. She resigned last year from the boards of two conservative research groups.

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Dr. Ravitch is finding many supporters. She told school superintendents at a convention in Phoenix last month that the United States’ educational policies were ill-conceived, compared with those in nations with the best-performing schools.

“Nations like Finland and Japan seek out the best college graduates for teaching positions, prepare them well, pay them well and treat them with respect,” she said. “They make sure that all their students study the arts, history, literature, geography, civics, foreign languages, the sciences and other subjects. They do this because this is the way to ensure good education. We’re on the wrong track.”

I am a high school drop out, but I remember that when I was in school one of the things that was always emphasized was the role of public schools in forming citizens. That seems to be lost now. One of the things I find disturbing in the conservative movement is the growing idea that public schools should be abolished. It is short sighted, stupid, and would hurt America in the long run, both economically and as a functioning society.

In defense of Baby Einstein

Sarah Palin on the Tonight Show – I think she came off fairly well.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. March 4, 2010 10:29 pm

    Word!

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