Donald Trump is the darling of less-educated white folks

As Donald Trump’s rhetoric becomes increasingly radical — insane, actually — a question arises among those of us who walk upright and can read stop signs without moving our lips: Who are these people who flock to Trump’s rallies and cheer his every utterance? Well, according  to a new CNN poll, many of them are middle-aged white people without college degrees. Trump leads all his rivals by a wide margin in that category. We all know people like this, don’t we? They want simple answers to complicated questions....

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Does more widespread education lead to less religion? Not necessarily

The widespread notion that an increase in a person’s level of education inevitably leads to a decline in religious fervor is challenged HERE: Globally, we’ve seen a massive rise in education, without a uniform change in religious beliefs. In 1970, only about 40 percent of children worldwide enrolled in secondary education; four decades later, the rate had climbed to 73 percent. In developing nations, the increases have been substantial: In sub-Saharan Africa, enrollment rates have grown from 13 percent to 41 percent. In Pakistan, the average...

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Are high school sports hurting American education?

Even as a lifelong sports fan and an incidental jock myself when I was in school, I have long since begun to wonder if the undue emphasis on athletics in our culture has detracted from the academic mission in institutions that are supposed to be educating American teens. Amanda Ripley has a PROVOCATIVE ARTICLE on this matter in The Atlantic: The United States routinely spends more tax dollars per high-school athlete than per high-school math student—unlike most countries worldwide. And we wonder why we lag in international education rankings?...

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A sampling of the drivel taught in some voucher schools

Let’s stipulate at the outset here that many, perhaps even most, of the private schools funded in part by taxpayers through vouchers are doing a good job of educating kids. But some of them aren’t. An INTERESTING ARTICLE by John Aravosis lists some of the nonsense that’s been taught in voucher schools. A few examples: –The Ku Klux Klan was a force for good. –The majority of slaves in the Old South were treated well. –Dinosaurs and humans lived side by side. –Fire-breathing dragons may actually have...

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How the best- and worst-educated states voted last week

  Incidentally, the data in the chart above were compiled by Fox News.

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