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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 7, 2013 /25 Adar, 5773

Degrees Cost More but Are Worth Less: Three Ways to Fix Education

By Ron Hart




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It seems to be an American article of faith that one must get as many degrees as possible. Yet few consider that education, due to a lack of competition, cost controls and innovation, no longer represents the value proposition it once did.

Getting a degree is embedded in our national mindset. A 106 year-old Ohio woman just got her high school diploma. Time being of the essence, I really hope her guidance counselor suggested only a two-year college for her.

Having served on the Tennessee State Board of Regents and currently on two college boards, I suggest some simple changes that will help our archaic education system:

Accountability. Since colleges require that students take the SAT or ACT when they apply for admission, they should have to take it when they graduate. Schools go into a tenured tizzy when it is suggested that metrics be applied to the four- plus years they have our kids. Studies have shown students often don't improve in college. An exit exam also gives us employers a data point against which we can determine what type of kid we are hiring. This would also reveal which colleges (some of them perhaps small and lesser known) are adding the best value to their end product -- the student.

Teach or Perish. Stop paying professors to play the "publish or perish" game. Six-figure salaried professors spend inordinate amounts of time writing inane papers on subjects no one cares about that are read only by other professors. This is wasteful folly, elevated in importance each year, with no one examining why. Just read someone's dissertation or paper submitted to an academic group ("academic" is the right word since it does not matter).

Set aside the circular wastefulness of someone submitting for peer review a paper comparing, yet again, the prose of Chaucer to William Faulkner. Even in supposedly real scientific subjects, the endeavor has become a joke, so much so that the "Bogdanoff Affair" highlighted it with the fake paper Transgressing the boundaries: toward a transformative hermeneutics of quantum gravity. It was a complete hoax, but the paper was submitted, accepted and lauded. They are so divorced from reality that these peer-review eggheads could tell the difference between a joke and a real paper.

If a professor has a real idea, have him submit it to Silicon Valley, Wall Street or corporate America's R&D departments. See if they will buy the idea and pay the professor and the college for their work. Otherwise, this is an odd and wasteful subculture in academia that does no one any good. End it.

There was actually a study by the University of Maryland, funded by our tax dollars, that said a chemical element had been discovered that made females talk twice as much as males. I could have told them that element is Pinot Grigio.

Control Costs. Education is fraught with waste. In most cases, colleges are government-controlled oligopolies. Student loan debt just surpassed credit card debt at over $1trillion. More than half of recent college grads are un- or under-employed. Like the housing crisis, when government funds something it creates a bubble. Such is the case with student loans, signed for by vulnerable 18 year-old kids at an age when they would finance a tattoo if you front the money.

Apply basic tenets of economics so children aren't tenants in their parents' basements.

When I got out of grad school in 1983, college cost $10,000. It has increased more than twice the rate of inflation (6.9% versus 2.9% for CPI) over the ensuing years and now costs on average about $60,000. It would be only $22,000 had colleges kept their costs in line with inflation. For the last ten years, hospital service costs are up 68 percent and college tuition and fees 73.2%. Obviously, where government sticks its nose, it cost us more. By comparison, free-market items like TVs are down 74% in cost; toys are down 37% for the same period. If colleges and teachers really "cared about the students and education," they would keep their costs reasonable and better prepare their graduates.

There remains an odd affection for one's college. Consider a recent "Onion" headline: "Man Has Alarming Level Of Pride In Institution That Left Him $50,000 In Debt, Inadequately Prepared For Job Market." In humor there is truth.


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JWR contributor Ron Hart grew up in Tennessee and began writing a column for his hometown paper in 2002. He attended The University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. Ron graduated Magna Cum Laude and was elected student government president. Upon getting his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal.

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Previously:

Sequestration Drama Queens

Pelosi's America and the Declaration of Dependence

The Statist of the Union Address

Amnesty and a Wink: Another Bad Idea Whose Time Has Come

Dems 'Never Let a Good Tragedy Go To Waste'

GOP's Feckless Response to Debt Ceiling Opportunity

Al-Gore-Jazeera and his global gouging

Is it more detrimental to taxpayers if Congress tries to do something--- or fails to?

Yoga: Don't Just Do Something --- Sit There

Looking Back at 2012

Day-O: Daylight Come and I Wanna Go Home

Whites on Rice --- senators grill would-be ambassador

Let's Get Fiscal

Hostess with the Least-est

Tax Collectors Find There is Gold in That Thar' Stripper Glitter

Sandy is reminder of all other broken Obama campaign promises

'Hope and Change' have become Smirk and Disdain

The Town Hall Debate: Angry Birds II

Boorish Biden needed to be put in time out

Media and Their Polls Declare Obama Winner

The United Nations: U.S. Attends Annual 'Despot Lecture' Series

Root of evil? Modern-day hitchhikers of virtue

You didn't build that' Speech Justifies Obama's Confiscation of Our Money

Anthony Weiner Reinserts Himself --- Into Politics

The 'Food Stamp President' Loves the Dependent, Mostly for Their Votes

The Fourth and Family

Fatherhood: Blame starts early if you allow it

Toothless Law Sets Doofus Free: The John Edwards Hung Jury

The Dangers of Government's Creeping Incrementalism

Affable dolt, highly excitable and eager to please, Biden does Obama's Bidding

First Person Forward

The Secret Service: Not that Secret about getting Serviced

Who are Really the Heroes?

GSA Vegas excesses? Bush's fault

Temptation of the Tebow

ObamaCare---Once They Get their Commerce Claws in Us, What's the Limit?

Obama's Campaign Theme: Taxation and Demonization

DNA and Me: Family Facts not Genome for Years

College for Everyone? Some Children Need to be Left Behind

Hope for the Hip-Hop-ocrisy at the Grammys

The Bain of Our Existence

Confusing Obama and 'Go Bama'

E-conning the Public, Washington Spending, and Other Shell Games

Looking Back at 2011

Kim Jong Il: North Koreans Love You Long Time --- it's Mandatory

What the MF-- Global?

The GOP Primaries: The Adultery of Hope

No Thankfulness at Thanksgiving for the OWS Crowd

Cain Mutiny, or a ‘High-tech Lynching?’

Slipping into an Envy-ocracy

An honest, if unconventional, assessment of those vying to wipe that smirk off Obama's smug mug

The Unwashed Masses Descend on New York City

Obama ‘pivots to jobs’ --- his

Washington: Blame No One. Do Something!

Our Debt Problems: Politicians Extend and Pretend

No Child Left --- To the Left

Dems' debt ceiling demagoguery

Golf Summit --- I Like Spike(s)

Nancy Pelosi Finally Demands a Weiner Probe

The porkulus political payback project

Schwarzenegger, please!

An ILL Wind for Business --- Boeing, Boeing Gone?

Osama's 72 Virgins --- and Obama's 72 Versions

Bin Laden was taken out by seals and now sleeps with the fishes

Trump: Got 99 problems, but rich ain't one

Why you should see the ‘Atlas Shrugged’ movie

Why The Donald trumps the Bamster

O-Bomb-A

Mid-East Megalomaniacal Despots on the Run

Truther or Dare

Facebook ‘Un-friends’ Our Increasingly Regulation-burdened Capital Markets

Egyptians Unfriend Mubarak

Hold 'em liable --- the colleges, that is

Follow your Hart in a look back at 2010

GOP wins in showdown

WikiLeaks --- Danger or Disinfectant?

The Angle of the Rangel

Where We Let Terrorists Really Hurt Us

Time to starve the spending beast

The TSA: We Do Chicken Right!

A Red Wave

No Juan Left Behind at NPR

Capitalism in Time Saves Mine

The Broader Picture of What These Elections Mean

Dem-moralized: ‘Dead Fish’ taken to the trash cant

Ships Passing in the Night

Obamanomics continue to add up . . . for Republicans

She had Tiger by the tail: If Elin did not get Tiger's money, Obama would have


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