When The World Bank Does More Harm Than Good

by NPR Staff from NPR The World Bank’s goal is to end extreme poverty and to grow income for the poorest people on the planet. The bank does this by lending money and giving grants to governments and private corporations in some of the least developed places on the planet. For example, money goes to…

Cops: Killing and Being Killed

by JAY LIVINGSTON from Pacific Standard This story from Daily Kos has been quickly circling through the left portion of the Internet. The headline reads: Let’s assume that the numbers are accurate.* The author, Shaun King, writes: Don’t bother adjusting for population differences, or poverty, or mental illness, or anything else. The sheer fact that American…

School Counselors Do More Than You’d Think

by NATHAN COLLINS from Pacific Standard Hiring just one additional school counselor in an average American school could have about a third of the effect of recruiting all the school’s teachers from a pool of candidates in the top 15 percent of their profession, according to a new analysis. That’s also about the effect you’d expect from lowering class sizes…

Educators Say Free Community College Is Out Of Reach

By HAYLEY MUNGUIA from FiveThirtyEight In his State of the Union speech in January, President Obamaannounced a new proposal to make two years of community college free “for responsible students across America.” Many educators praised it as a way to prepare many more students for a demanding job market, but a survey released Friday suggests…