Dicta

The home of “things said” by the National Association of Scholars.

NAS Reform Ideas Announced in Congress

NAS

In a speech to the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx quoted extensively from NAS's Rachelle Peterson on the Higher Education Act. 

The Core Conundrum

Peter Wood

Peter Wood takes note of the emerging battle over the legality of the Common Core curriculum.

Toward Truth in Testing

Candace de Russy

It seems that some teachers and administrators, when offered incentives (within systems such as No Child Left Behind) for boosting students' test scores, act unethically to inflate them. The Manhattan Institute's Sol Stern recounts how two brave education officials are confronting assertions of "spectacular student progress" by forcing an outside audit of the tests. Their efforts, he writes, should serve as a model for making all states "come clean" and (in education secretary Arne Duncan's words) "'stop lying to children.'"

Obama's Foolish New Student Loan Forgiveness Policy

George Leef

Recently, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that the new policy of forgiving student loan debts for those who "follow their heart" and enter public sector employment will do wonders for the U.S. In this week's Pope Center Clarion Call, I say that it's utter nonsense. Public sector employment pays very well and gives much greater job security than those who labor in the competitive world. A very large number of college graduates want those government jobs and forgiving some of their student loan debt because they've worked at them for ten years is just a gift from the overburdened taxpayers. One more thing -- with the private sector (where wealth is produced, unlike the government) struggling these days under the many burdens and obstacles the government has put in its way, shouldn't we worry about the government luring away talented people it needs?

Duncan Donuts

Ashley Thorne

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan insists that “a college degree is still absolutely worth it.” Is he right?

Articles of Interest This Week

Ashley Thorne

A roundup of must-reads in higher education news.

What Does 'Sustainability' Have to Do With Student Loans?

Peter Wood

Students spend too much on too little as colleges buy in to some flimsy trends.