8/3/2017 – Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Wrong: Public Schools Aren’t The Cause Of Science Ignorance

THIS WEEK: How Segregation Evolved … Vouchers Fail … Attacking Affirmative Action … Trump Screws Student Borrows … A Better Deal?


Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Wrong: Public Schools Aren’t The Cause Of Science Ignorance

By Jeff Bryant

“Neil deGrasse Tyson … recently tweeted, ‘The rise of flat-Earthers in society provides some of the best evidence for the failure of our educational system’… The hallmark of any good scientist, which Tyson certainly is, is to create a hypothesis and then weigh the evidence. So what’s the evidence that public schools are the main cause of science ignorance?”
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School Segregation Didn’t Go Away. It Just Evolved.


“Since 2000, [over] 70 communities have tried to secede from their district …
Two-thirds of those of those secession attempts have been successful, and most of the other cases are still ongoing … Many of the proposed school borders are along socioeconomic lines, and they would further isolate poor children in segregated school … Courts and our state legislatures … have created a system that incentivizes middle-class people to use their moderate wealth to wall in opportunities for their own kids, while depriving the kids of others. They’ve allowed parents, acting in self-interest, to create school systems that reproduce, or even exacerbate, the structural inequality we see today.'”
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Trump Administration Advances School Vouchers Despite Scant Evidence

Scientific American

“Studies have found that vouchers have mixed to negative academic outcomes and, when adopted widely, can exacerbate income inequity … Reading and math scores may also not be the most important consideration for parents … Voucher proponents say parents, even those using tax dollars to pay tuition, should be able to use whatever criteria for school choice they see fit. A provocative idea, but if past evidence can predict future outcomes, expanding voucher programs seems unlikely to help U.S. schoolchildren keep pace with a technologically advancing world.”
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Justice Dept. To Take On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

The New York Times

“The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants… The announcement suggests that the project will be run out of the division’s front office, where the Trump administration’s political appointees work, rather than … Supporters and critics of the project said it was clearly targeting admissions programs that can give members of generally disadvantaged groups, like black and Latino students, an edge over other applicants with comparable or higher test scores.”
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Trump Administration Is Sitting On Tens Of Thousands Of Student Debt Forgiveness Claims

The Washington Post

“The Trump administration has done little to help defrauded student loan borrowers … Not a single application for debt relief … has been approved in the past 6 months, leaving more than 65,000 people in limbo. Although the vast majority of those borrowers submitted claims during the Obama administration, the Education Department has received nearly 15,000 new applications this year … By law, students can apply to have their federal loans discharged if their college used illegal and deceptive tactics to persuade them to borrow money to attend.”
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5 Reasons Why Democrats’ ‘Better Deal’ Must Include Public Education


Jeff Bryant writes, “The Democratic Party rolled out “A Better Deal” … aimed at winning back working-class voters … But A Better Deal is virtually silent on the topic of public education – and that’s a major missed opportunity … Trump is vulnerable on education … Betsy DeVos is a lightning rod for popular dissent … [And] Democrats need a clean break from the party’s education past.”
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