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Discussing Skills, Innovation, and Girls' Education in Doha

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 11.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Education systems are not keeping up with fast-changing global economies, and in advanced and developing countries alike students are not being prepared for the modern workforce. This "skills gap" was the focus for this year's World Innovation Summit of Education (WISE), an event that brings together thousands of leading education experts and policymakers.

Brookings Institute Sharply Critical of Federal Marijuana Policy

Alice O'Leary Randall | Posted 10.24.2015 | Politics
Alice O'Leary Randall

Brookings report will help open the national dialogue on this issue. It certainly gets high marks for re-focusing the issue back to where it belongs, the federal government's intractable cannabis policy.

Iran in Syria Talks? Let's Not Care About What Saudi Won't Allow

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.23.2015 | World
Robert Naiman

There is a strong correlation between the fact that Iran has been excluded and the fact that previous efforts have failed. If you want to end a war through negotiations, the key parties involved in the war have to be at the table - isn't that obvious?

America Has to Stop Paying Lip Service to STEM

Eric M. Bledsoe | Posted 10.21.2015 | Education
Eric M. Bledsoe

The U.S. can continue to outspend every nation in education and pay lip-service to STEM, but reform will not happen until families and policymakers remind colleges and universities of their responsibility to prepare students, through a robust core curriculum, for a prosperous future rooted in real skills and knowledge.

Girls' Education: The World's Best Investment

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 10.20.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

What Works in Girls' Education is a book defined by an unprecedented analysis of real world experiences and hard evidence. It addresses understudied issues like how to improve the school to work transition.

Litan Plays Victim Unconvincingly

Barbara Roper | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

Litan seeks to paint himself as the victim, but the real victim here is objective scholarship. Not to mention the millions of working families and retirees who would be left without meaningful protections when they turn to financial professionals for retirement investment advice.

Friday Talking Points -- New Speaker's Speaking Problem

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Kevin McCarthy is not worthy. Of using the English language correctly, among other things. Amusingly, though, this will likely not stop him from becoming the next speaker of the House.

Elizabeth Warren Made Washington Angry Again

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American political elite have never really been riled up over Elizabeth Warren's policy positions. They're just frightened by the cu...

In Litan Scandal, It Isn't The Money, It's The Economics

Barbara Roper | Posted 10.02.2015 | Business
Barbara Roper

Robert Litan and Hal Singer are certainly entitled to their opinions, no matter how ill-informed. And industry has every right to seek to influence regulations by hiring "experts" to help them make their case. But no one should mistake what Litan and Singer have published for actual economic analysis.

And Yet Another Attack On Our Postal Service

Dave Johnson | Posted 09.30.2015 | Business
Dave Johnson

When that so-called "day of reckoning" comes, will We the People who benefit from all of the services that the USPS does provide and could provide end up being delivered a bill of goods?

Western Media's Miscount of Saudi Arabia's Syrian Refugees

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

hanks to a technicality in counting refugees, hundreds of outlets from Amnesty International to the Brookings Institution have claimed that Saudi Arabia has taken zero refugees -- a ludicrous, but rarely fact-checked statement given the comical lack of a "Great Arabian Wall."

Why Don't Students Demand More Career Information From Colleges?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 07.28.2015 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

In almost every modern industry, technology is changing the way that users access information. GPS-based applications like Waze provide commuters with real time, crowd-sourced traffic updates, while websites like E-Trade and Yelp give consumers unprecedented transparency into the financial and restaurant worlds, respectively.

The Urban Gap

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

Here and there, you can see the mix of the moneyed and the homeless in any major U.S. city--it's always been an element of urban life in the past half-century. Yet in L.A., it can be more unavoidable than in other cities.

Wealth - A Decent Ambition

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

We cannot take today's wealth for granted. Where there is no growth, there will be no wealth. This might sound obvious, but it is a truth we need to be reminded of, not only when it comes to distributing wealth but also when it comes to appreciating the roots of wealth.

Ben Bernanke Criticizes Europe Over Greek Debt Crisis

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.20.2015 | Business

Former Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke said Friday that the “failure of European economic policy” played a significant role in the Gre...

Think Tankers "Often Asked to Manipulate Data," Claims Expert

Till Bruckner | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

In this interview, Don Abelson shares his views about think tanks, research integrity, advocacy and lobbying.

Clinton State Dept Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat; Lobbyist Gets Job

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

David Goldwyn -- now a fellow at the Atlantic Council, fellow at the Brookings Institution and head of Goldwyn Global Strategies -- would eventually come to assume that role as head of the State Department's Bureau of Energy Resources, a Bureau that premiered under the watch of then-Secretary Clinton.

Illinois Colleges With the Best 'Value-Added'

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.04.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Some schools offer more value to students than others, even when those schools are similar based on traditional rankings standards. The Brookings Institution looked at colleges and universities in Illinois to determine their "value-added" -- how useful it is for a student to attend a particular school over a similar school.

Making Your Career a Vocation, Not Simply a Job

Thomas M. Mengler | Posted 05.01.2015 | College
Thomas M. Mengler

The recently much-maligned liberal arts curriculum, taken seriously, is a ticket not only to a first job after graduation, but to a leadership position in the most challenging professions.

Young Girls Are Much, Much Better Readers Than Boys, And Have Been For A Long Time

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents

The gap between boys' and girls' respective reading abilities has been getting a lot of attention lately, but the trend itself is not new. Girls ha...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

GOP Pollster Explains Why Republicans Need Record Minority Support To Win In 2016 | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The American electorate is more diverse than ever, which means Republicans will have to attract a record percentage of minorities to win...

Why Won't Arne Duncan and Other True Believers in High-Stakes Testing Face Reality?

John Thompson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education
John Thompson

As high-stakes testing becomes even more unpopular, we can also anticipate more of his efforts to pretend that it isn't punitive. But the use of test scores to punish is, by definition, the use of tests to punish.

Is it Finally Time to Put Marriage in the Dustbin?

Christopher A. Brown | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Christopher A. Brown

The answer to addressing the rise in single parent homes and all of its consequences, not just child poverty, is not to give up on marriage. The answer starts with acknowledging where the problem lies.

Americans Are Getting Smarter About Teen Pregnancy

Laura Stepp | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Supporting comprehensive sex education, which is far superior to anything most of us got in school, seems like a no-brainer. Sadly, it scares officials -- in particular, school officials.

Competent, Caring Staff Crucial to Program Success

Laura Stepp | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Laura Stepp

Among the hundreds of programs that scholar Ron Haskins examined for his persuasive new book on social policy, one stands out in his mind: a home visiting initiative in Texas that sends nurses to visit teenage girls who are pregnant or new mothers.