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American universities’ incessant race to make themselves bigger and better (the Harvard model) has instead driven up costs and deterred students. Pro or con?
The campus sustainability movement subtracts from the better purposes of higher education. Pro or con?
Mandarin should be a core language offered in all American public schools. Pro or con?
Parents should encourage their children to specialize in undergraduate degrees rather than going the liberal arts route. Pro or con?
To attract the best educators, school systems are wise to continue awarding tenure. Pro or con?
Virtual and other types of alternative learning eventually will supplant many bricks-and-mortar universities that charge five and six figures for bachelor’s degrees. Pro or con?
The earning potential and variety of opportunities a bachelor’s degree bestows justify the cost of tuition. Pro or con?
For students, social networking sites have no educational value due to the inherently truncated, shallow nature of communication on them. Pro or con?
Business leaders are better suited than principals and teachers to turn around the public educational system in the U.S. Pro or con?
Public university students should stop protesting tuition increases. Cash-strapped states have no choice but to raise fees, and even with the cost hikes, state schools are a huge bargain compared to their private counterparts. Pro or con?
Making free birth control available to school kids would be a boon to the U.S.—decreasing the rates of teen pregnancy, welfare dependence, and school drop-out. Pro or con?
Most of the economic stimulus money earmarked for schools should go to increase educators’ pay. Pro or con?
Standardized testing is a poor way to judge how well schools educate their students. Pro or con?
Colleges and universities should be required to spend 5% of their endowments every year or risk losing their tax-exempt status. Pro or con?
Primary and secondary schools created via private funding and effort exceed conventional public schools in quality. Pro or con?
Colleges are justified in imposing differential tuition—charging higher fees for certain courses of study such as business that pay more. Pro or con?
Hiring professionals to help rich kids get into desired schools could backfire; plus it’s unfair to low-income candidates. Pro or con?
To fix public education, the U.S. needs to start with the teachers’ unions. Pro or con?
So many executives have enjoyed stellar careers without the benefit of a master’s of business administration that its value is clearly overrated. Pro or con?
The rankings U.S. News & World Report gives to colleges and universities count too much toward these institutions’ esteem. Pro or con?
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