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Millenials don’t need your condescension, they need higher wages

Originally posted on Quartz:

This morning, I explained why the meme about Millennials living in their parents’ basements is overblown, thanks to the Census’ quirky definition of “parents’ basements.” (It includes college dorms.)

Americans love to wax histrionic about young people, and it would be cruel for me to deprive them of a beloved national past-time hours before Independence Day weekend. So if you’re gonna get gloomy about Millennials, here’s how to do so responsibly.

Stop talking about basements. Start talking about money.

In the last decade, the face of twentysomething Americans has been righteously slapped by the recession, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. The number of young adults making less than $25,000 has increased by six million; the number of young adults making more than $25,000 has declined by almost two million.


It’s not like there’s one economy for young people and another sparkling economy for everybody else. There’s…

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Student Debt Alters Grads’ Choices Throughout Their Lives

Originally posted on Deepak verma:

America has gone through a rapid social experiment over the last 20 years. We have created a system, in large part through public disinvestment, where our young people take on large amounts of student debt in order to achieve a college degree. The sea change has been so quick it’s been difficult to
June 26, 2014 at 08:46PM
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It’s Friday #TGIF! Time To Listen to My Take on This Week’s News in Media!

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Beardsley: Vergara Machine Planning to Sue in Other States to Break Tenure


The Teacher Tenure dispute is spreading . . .

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

On her blog VAMboozled, Audrey Beardsley reports that the Vergara machine–lawyers, PR firm, and big-time cash–is going on tour, planning to file lawsuits in several states, including New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, New Mexico, Idaho, and Kansas.

You really have to wonder why billionaires and millionaires take pride in attacking the job rights of teachers.

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Randi Blasts Duncan for Betraying Teachers in Vergara Case

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:

Randi Weingarten wrote a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, criticizing his sympathetic response to the Vergara decision, which held that tenure and seniority were unconstitutional in California.

She wrote:

“This week, we needed your leadership; to demonstrate that teacher and student interests are aligned; that we must press—60 years after Brown v. Board—for educational equity; that it takes more than a focus on teachers to improve public education; that, when it comes to teachers, we need to promote strategies that attract, retain and support them in classrooms; and that, of course, removing teachers who can’t do their job in quick and effective ways is important, but so is due process, so teachers can take creative risks that enhance teaching and learning.

“But instead, you added to the polarization. And teachers across the country are wondering why the secretary of education thinks that stripping them of their due process…

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