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Yes 39 59.09%
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He won't live long enough to determine either way 12 18.18%
Define "good" 15 22.73%
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Old 13.07.2021, 16:33
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They could buy a painting of that promising new artist Hunter Biden.
Being president of the USA is tough. But being a father is next to impossible.
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Old 13.07.2021, 17:29
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You'd have to grow a generation of decently-paid teachers, for a start...and who will teach them?
There are plenty of dedicated and talented teachers out there who know their stuff and know how to teach it.

One problem is an over-regulated system breathing down their back with too many boxes to tick and heavily rigid syllabuses that don't leave any time to sit back and discuss some of the questions behind the questions , you know, the sort of thing that actually teaches kids to think and understand rather than just to repeat and do.

I know a teacher who I respect very highly and who i think was a very good teacher. She quit teaching because she was sick and tired of being forced to do stuff that she didn't believe in.
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Old 13.07.2021, 18:35
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A lot of the “universities” with the highest loan burden were “for profit” institutions [...]
They effectively all are in the US. Those that nominally aren't need to act as if they were due to their for-profit competitors.

DeVos has little to do with it causally, she was just another brick in the wall, just as Cardonas will turn out to be. Higher education costs in the US have been rising faster than the average income for 3-4-5 decades, with nothing in sight to stop let alone reverse that trend.
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Otherwise your theory is interesting. I also think that teaching solely for a career, in a utilitarian way, is as bad as teaching only for exams. Humanities and stems have different return of investments. Both are needed to teach to think. Hums are getting majorly shafted because it is considered basket weaving, with slower returns. Teaching for careers when too specific does not give enough opportunity to learn to think, either.
You may be interested in Jonathan Haidt, his unearthing a concept of the ancient Greek philosophers (in 2016), Telos, also in relation to (moral) corruption and unbridled capitalism.

I have yet to find something by him that I didn't find interesting. If you have another hour to waste perhaps consider this (from 2019).
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It used to be possible to get a decent education in the US without lots of money.
Education is the primary factor for social mobility, perhaps after inherited wealth. Who's at the top has no interest in fostering social mobility, after all that means competition from below on the socioeconomic ladder and thus an increased risk of someone else taking their place.
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Old 14.07.2021, 10:15
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If one really needs money for college, they can join the Army.
https://www.goarmy.com/benefits/education-benefits.html
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So soooo true


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Old 29.07.2021, 12:10
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Re: Will Biden be a good President?

Maybe professional politicians are good at politics and making deals?
Biden's infrastructure bill sailed through the Senate yesterday, seventeen Republican senators including Mitch McConnell voted with all 50 Democrats on Wednesday to advance a bipartisan infrastructure deal, in a win for President Biden and the bipartisan group of negotiators.

I posted here several times that one thing I really liked about Trump's agenda was fixing the US infrastructure but he never made it happen.
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Biden losing the plot? No/little mainstream media coverage??

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Old 29.07.2021, 14:01
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Biden losing the plot? No/little mainstream media coverage??
Play the ball, not the man. His record so far has only been positive.
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Old 29.07.2021, 14:58
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Play the ball, not the man. His record so far has only been positive.
I though his record was scratched.
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Old 29.07.2021, 15:35
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I though his record was scratched.
Talking of records, US GDP Q2, 2021 +6.5%

Edit: US economy now above pre-pandemic level.
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Old 29.07.2021, 16:02
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So soooo true


Biden has only been in office six months. I voted for him, and I'm quite happy with him so far. One thing I also really appreciate about him is that he's focused on the job rather than on constantly trying to get attention.
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Talking of records, US GDP Q2, 2021 +6.5%

Edit: US economy now above pre-pandemic level.
The federal debt and indebtedness are at record levels as well, the deficit isn't far from the record either. Neither is something to gloat about.
Nor is the artificially inflated growth that's based on the depressed 2020 numbers all that impressive. And don't forget inflation, nobody really knows whether it's returning.

The debt ceiling will be reached rather soon, it will be interesting to see if we get another federal government shutdown.

The moratorium on renter evictions will gradually be lifted starting next month, the results won't be pretty. IMHO part of the recent consumer spending spree may well have been fueled by money that should have been used to pay rent.
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