Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Washington is delaying its first day of school due to the teacher’s strike. Many parents are frustrated with their tax dollars being spent on empty schools with picketing teachers. It’s even more frustrating that many of these parents don’t support the one thing that would change these strikes: School choice. Unions hate school choice because they know it would make strikes harder to organize.
They also hate it because teacher’s actually need to care more about the students than their unions. There’s no question that most great teachers care about their students. But the unions aren’t really thinking about the kids. Rather, their interests lie in getting the best pay and benefits for teachers. Why, then, do they act like they’re doing what’s best for kids?
Being in the age of the internet, we have the luxury of YouTube. Over time, university lecturers have recorded their lectures and posted them on the internet. Nowadays, you can find lectures on most topics, including economics. In fact, there are enough uploads for someone to practically earn a degree if it were a matter of watching videos. You can even find older versions of textbooks online for free.
To fulfill an economics major at most schools, you need to have principles and intermediate courses in microeconomics and macroeconomics, a class in econometrics (sometimes split into two classes), international economics, and a bunch of topics courses of your choice. Here’s a list of videos to help you get started.
Have you ever heard that you should be careful about what you post on Facebook or Twitter because a potential employer might see what you say? While this is true for current employers, it’s probably a good idea to understand that most employers don’t have the time to see what you’re sharing on Facebook, especially if they’re a bigger company. Some, however, will definitely check your LinkedIn profile. Some applications will even give you a chance to fill in your work history using LinkedIn.
Much of the time, we hear a lot of opinions about the president of the United States. We hear about his approval rating, policies he’s pushing for, and other decisions he makes. One subject we tend to hear a lot about is the economy of our nation. “GDP is up, unemployment rate’s down. Thus, our economy is improving!” Statements similar to this one make me worry because our nation’s economy is much more than GDP and unemployment. There’s labor force participation, disposable income, and income per capita, just to name a few.
Though, I don’t particularly agree with some of these economic indicators, there are still many indicators that Americans should understand in order to keep themselves well informed. Some may read this and think, “Why should we even care in the first place?” The answer is simple: The president can manipulate his image if he understands economics well. If Americans are very uneducated about topics like economics, he can, and will, use that to his advantage in order to get himself, or his party, reelected.
As everybody knows, election day was this month. This day was a chance for Oregon to move forward in the right direction. Below is a picture of how the gubernatorial election went in Oregon. Even though the majority of the state, in terms of counties, voted for Dennis Richardson, John Kitzhaber won the higher populated areas of Portland and Eugene. In the form of an economic analysis, complete with what we can expect, here’s why Oregon chose poorly.
Oregon is always called a blue state, but county results usually say otherwise. (Click to Enlarge)
What Oregon Had at Stake
Oregon had a lot riding on this election. More jobs, better education, and less waste of money. These were desperately wanted in Oregon. Now that John Kitzhaber is serving a fourth term, the issues Oregonians really care about will most likely not be addressed. At least, not for the next four years. It was very clear: Under Kitzhaber, we had higher unemployment than the national average and our high school graduation rates were pretty low compared to the rest of America. Under Richardson, we would have someone doing their best to see that all of these things were improved. In order to economically survive as a state, the state needs to ensure that jobs are available to those seeking employment, education is nothing less than top quality, and that state money is carefully monitored.