Benjamin Studebaker

Yet Another Attempt to Make the World a Better Place by Writing Things

Tag: Universities

Elizabeth Warren’s Student Loan Mistake

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has recently come out with a proposal to make the interest rates on federal student loans identical to the interest rates the federal government gives to large banks. This sounds really progressive and wonderful, and it is no doubt well-intentioned, but it is, unfortunately, an extremely misguided and foolish policy. Here’s why.

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The Trouble with Sending Everyone to College

As time has passed, more and more people are going to college in the United States. Unfortunately, this is not a good thing. Let’s see why.

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Student Union Silliness

So apparently some people at Oxford’s student union want to boycott Israel. I disapprove strongly of the way the Israeli state treats its Arab citizens and the Palestinian population it keeps stateless. Nonetheless, I am opposed to this idea, and I want to explain why.

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How to Fix the Education System

By all accounts, the public education systems in western countries are not performing to the level that we are collectively demanding. There are fundamental structural problems with our schools that inhibit good outcomes for students. Western countries have become obsessed with universal student attainment of minimum academic standards measured by test scores and maximisation of enrolment rates at universities. I propose that this is flat out the wrong goal for our education system, that rather than try to teach everyone the same material at the same kinds of schools in the same kinds of ways, our education system should be more personalised to get the most out of each individual’s talent set, and I have a plan for how to do it.

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