High-density Big Cities Are Not Going Away

High-density big cities are not going away

David Oshinsky in his book Bellevue quotes Thomas Jefferson's reaction to the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, then the nation's capitol: By November the streets were deserted, and more than 10 percent of the city's fifty thousand residents were dead. Most of Congress was gone, along with President George Washington and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. For Jefferson, a…

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Imagining, And Reimagining, Education

Imagining, and Reimagining, Education

I’ve been writing recently about both my family’s experience with remote learning this spring, and what's missing from our preparation for remote learning in the 2020-2021 school year. I hope I’ve made the point that remote learning deserves major investment and innovation, and currently we aren’t seeing that investment. Some districts are planning to open only remotely this fall, others…

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Inequality And Four-year Degree Attainment

Inequality and four-year degree attainment

Four-year degree attainment is essential to eliminating income and racial inequality. As the chart below makes clear, those with a four-year degree or more work more and earn more. In a terrific analysis of four-year degree graduation rates by race Bridge documents how far Michigan has to go to eliminate the gap between Black and white college completion. They used…

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Reforming Capitalism: Lessons From Denmark

Reforming capitalism: lessons from Denmark

Terrific Nicholas Kristof New York times column on Denmark. The article's subtitle says it all: Danes haven’t built a “socialist” country. Just one that works. Similar to Finland, Denmark is a capitalist economy with widely shared prosperity. Each offers a model for how to realize the reformed capitalism that, as we have explored in previous posts, American capitalists like Ray…

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Where Is Our National Task Force On Remote Learning?

Where is our national task force on remote learning?

This morning I woke up sure that my kids should go back to school when it reopens in just over a month. Knowing their school is planning outdoor classrooms helps diminish my fear somewhat, so that the risk we’d be knowingly undertaking might be worth the benefits: my kids need to be around other kids, and I need six consecutive…

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