Another Myth Illuminated

Another Myth Illuminated?

Ezra’s Article

Ezra Klein offers a nice resource with several sources of data on various social security projections that would run counter to what most of our students believe regarding this program. Is it important to you to demonstrate the exaggeration of this problem to your students?

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Gallup: Republican Presidential Support Breakdown

Romney’s GOP Supporters Tilt Upscale; Palin’s, Downscale

This table pretty much tells the story of the Republican base. I would love to see this compared to the size of each category. That is, does this profile mean that it will be very hard for Romney to get mass appeal in the Republican primaries?

USA Today – U.S. tax burden at lowest level since ’58

Taxes are way too high, right?

USA Today – U.S. tax burden at lowest level since ’58

This is one of those “myths” that seems to sneak into the public consciousness that we have to deal with as political scientists.

How do you handle presenting students factual information about taxation, something they are predisposed to disbelieve?

NY Times – Six Keys to Saving by Starting at Community College – NYTimes.com

Six Keys to Saving by Starting at Community College – NYTimes.com.

This was an interesting piece I discovered (via Twitter – follow me @profseitz) about students and families making conscious decisions to attend community colleges.  What a great potential step for students to get a quality education at an affordable price for two years and then transfer to a four-year school!  Here at GPC we have TAG agreements that allow our students to have their first two years “guaranteed” to satisfy all core requirements at a number of four-year institutions.  It really does make sense!

Too, my summer classes are typically filled with students from the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, and other local four-year schools because these students know they can get a course fulfilled very economically, while ensuring a high quality education.

Academically Adrift – Critical Thinking

Here is an illuminating quote from this firebrand of a book concerning students learning how to use their brains…critical thinking:

“students…majoring in traditional liberal-arts fields…demonstrated significantly higher gains in critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing skills over time than students in other fields of study. Students majoring in business, education, social work , and communications had the lowest measurable gains”

Is it somewhat telling that these “applied” disciplines result in insignificant development of such skills?

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