17 July 2008

Where is the Good Part?

Here is a press release from Oxfam America which (along with several partners) has funded a study - “The Measure of America: American Human Development Report 2008-2009,” published by Columbia University Press and the Social Science Research Council. As the report makes clear, while we worry about fist bumps and lapel pins, the domestic political-economic situation in the U.S. is a disgrace. You can find a story in The Guardian here.

The most pathetic thing is that neither "presumptive" nominee has a clue about how to approach the problems this report details. They will not be remedied by charity.

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Blogger Dawei_in_Beijing said...

Regarding education, what are your thoughts on merit pay, No Child Left Behind, and the weakening of the AFT, as a ways to rescue the American education system?

17 July, 2008 17:00  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...


I think that generally the decline of unions has been a significant factor in the diminishing political-economic situation for most working and poor AMericans. Even where they are not themselves unionized, such people benefit froma sort of alo effect of union contracts. I do not idealize unions. But they often work to protect the interests of the working classes and poor.

As for how one sets up the internal structure of educational policies and social programs, that is a massive question. But the main problem with education policy in the US is that it is funded unequally by property taxes. That simply insures unequal opportunity.

18 July, 2008 13:10  

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