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Do school voucher programs help improve educational outcomes? Lower Columbia College (LCC)

Do school vouchers improve results? It depends on what we ask

A recent study on school vouchers shows that the program may be harming kids' academic achievement, at least in math. What's missing here? Are test scores the only way to judge a program?
Students are refusing tests as part of a nationwide Opt Out movement. bibiphoto / Shutterstock.com

Students are opting out of testing. How did we get here?

If the Opt Out movement has gained ground, it is not without reason. Testing has not only pushed learning out, but taught people how to "game" the system.
The great Australian success story of Frank Lowy and many others like him would not have happened had Australia not accepted penniless refugees. AAP/Dean Lewins

Australia should not auction off migrant places to highest bidders

The problem with auctioning immigration places is that it puts the focus on short-term revenue-raising, rather than immigration’s more important medium- to long-term nation-building role.
With his strong views on industrial relations, Family First senator Bob Day is what we might call a ‘conservative libertarian’. AAP/Lukas Coch

Changing the soul: are conservatives the new radicals?

Few members of the 20th-century political right were more important than Milton Friedman. As an academic, author, television presenter and adviser to Ronald Reagan – who once described his show Free to…
Mitt Romney has said that 47% of households pay no federal income tax, but something about the statement doesn’t add up. AAP

Doing the math on Mitt Romney and the ‘47%’

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s comment that 47% of households pay no federal income tax is true. (It’s actually closer to 46%.) But when you dig beneath the bumper-sticker headline, his…
Some Republicans may be yearning for a return to the gold standard, but the idea has lost its lustre among the vast majority of economists. Image from www.shutterstock.com

The gold standard of truthiness: a bad idea that feels good (to some Republicans)

A few years back, mock-conservative TV pundit Stephen Colbert famously introduced the notion of “truthiness” into the political lexicon. As Colbert put it, truthiness pertains not to whether beliefs are…

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