What Bernie Sanders would do to America

by Steven Pearlstein from Washington Post Luigi Zingales, an Italian economist now at the University of Chicago, contrasts high-tax, high-trust socialist countries such as Denmark and Sweden with high-tax, low-trust countries where populations are ethnically and culturally diverse, politics are fractious, and government is incompetent and corrupt. In terms of social trust, he said, the…

Are There Too Few Teachers, Or Too Few Good Ones?

By HAYLEY MUNGUIA from FiveThirtyEight Jasmine Gipson has long considered a career in teaching. Her mom has been a teacher for almost 20 years, and Gipson is familiar with everything the job entails — including low pay and long hours — and those factors haven’t scared her off. “I’ve seen how she’s navigated through those things…

Do You Have to Help Parents to Help Their Children?

by  DWYER GUNN from Pacific Standard Last week, the White House Rural Council, the National Association of Counties, and the Obama administration announced a number of new efforts aimed at combating childhood poverty. These initiatives are much needed; approximately 2.5 million children live in rural poverty in America. One of these proposed efforts, which first…