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Can You Have Your Change and Progress Too?

Voters who care about education reform have a job to do after they leave the ballot box tomorrow.

Voters who care about education reform have a job to do after they leave the ballot box tomorrow: Make it clear to new leaders that momentum and progress must continue under new leadership.

Elections can be hard on education, but they don’t have to be. Much is made of the instability wrought by electoral changes in leadership. It conditions an unproductive hunker-down-and-wait-it-out response that virtually guarantees no real reform will last. However, a closer look challenges this response and suggests how the 2010 elections can mark the year our nation has not only its change, but its progress, too.

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As if Your Life Depends on It

Our lives depend on improving our education and health. Why aren't we acting like it?

Our lives depend on improving education and health. Why aren't we acting like it?

What exactly do our lives depend upon? Water and oxygen are obvious. If we run out of these, none of us will last very long. It’s a supply and demand issue, which is felt acutely. It’s a need that can’t be ignored.

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Why College Really Is For Everyone

If we care about the future prospects of our nation's economy, we must embrace the wide range of degrees our system of higher education offers.


“College isn't for everyone.” Who hasn’t heard this line before? But repeating this line is costing our economic future.

One reason it persists is the pernicious assumption that the goal to radically increase the number of college degrees means bachelor's degrees. Not true. The national move to increase college completion very much includes vital associate's degrees and certificates, in addition to four-year bachelor's degrees. Projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that six of the top ten fastest-growing occupations require education or training below the bachelor's degree level—degrees largely conferred by community colleges.

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