Roadblocks to Success: One likely path to employment might be a good education. But for some students, that’s harder to come by: A new study of black students from impoverished neighborhoods in Baltimore shows how even the most ambitious students may find themselves without job prospects or a degree when for-profit colleges entice them into programs that they can’t afford and that don’t pay off. For those who do complete degrees, there’s also a racial disparity in debt burdens: Within four years of college graduation, the debt gap between black and white graduates triples, and black graduates end up with nearly twice the debt owed by their white peers. It’s hard to tell why black students end up owing so much more, but for-profit schools may once again be a likely culprit.
Over the next 40 years, this Democratic generation fundamentally altered American politics. They restructured “campaign finance, party nominations, government transparency, and congressional organization.” They took on domestic violence, homophobia, discrimination against the disabled, and sexual harassment. They jettisoned many racially and culturally authoritarian traditions. They produced Bill Clinton’s presidency directly, and in many ways, they shaped President Barack Obama’s.
The result today is a paradox. At the same time that the nation has achieved perhaps the most tolerant culture in U.S. history, the destruction of the anti-monopoly and anti-bank tradition in the Democratic Party has also cleared the way for the greatest concentration of economic power in a century. This is not what the Watergate Babies intended when they dethroned [Wright] Patman as chairman of the Banking Committee. But it helped lead them down that path. The story of Patman’s ousting is part of the larger story of how the Democratic Party helped to create today’s shockingly disillusioned and sullen public, a large chunk of whom is now marching for Donald Trump.
1. In the U.S., men do about .8 hours of housework each week, compared to women’s 4.5. But in ____________, men spend 1.2 hours per week on housework, while women, according to a recent study, “spend almost no time on housework at all.”
There is no doubt that American football and rugby as contact sports have more head knocks, concussions, and long-term health effects. But even soccer has been linked to premature deaths due to players repeatedly heading the ball. Today the University of Stirling released a study that showed even a short practice round of heading the ball led to immediate short-term memory degradation. The U.S. has already taken the lead by banning heading in the children’s game. [Editor’s note: The ban last year successfully stopped a class-action lawsuit involving concussions.] Hopefully the U.K. will follow. However, if this effect can be measured in a relatively soft, non-contact sport like soccer, imagine how much worse it is in American football.