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By Tim Price, originally published on Next New Deal

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Inequality Is Not Inevitable (NYT)

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow and Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz argues that policies and politics have created America's economic divide, and only engaged citizens can fix it.

  • Roosevelt Take: For more on Stiglitz's plan to address inequality, read his Roosevelt Institute white paper on tax reform.

How Cities Can Take on Big Cable (Bloomberg View)

The Federal Communications Commission should preempt state laws that ban cities from building competitive fiber networks, writes Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford.

Public Sector Unions Could Radically Change This Week (WaPo)

Today's Supreme Court decision on Harris v. Quinn could seriously weaken public employee unions if their compulsory dues are ruled unconstitutional, notes Lydia DePillis.

Will the Government Finally Regulate the Most Predatory Industry in America? (The Nation)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering new rules to protect the 12 million Americans a year who rely on high-interest payday lenders, reports Zoe Carpenter.

Why This Company Decided to Make Its Salaries Public to All Employees (Think Progress)

The CEO of data analytics company SumAll tells Bryce Covert that increased pay transparency has led to greater productivity and trust and less stress over compensation.

What Americans Think of the Poor (Prospect)

A new Pew poll shows that even many conservatives who agree that "poor people have it easy" also believe the economic system is unfair, writes Paul Waldman.

New on Next New Deal

Summer Vacation is Feeding the Achievement Gap

Students from low-income families face substantial setbacks without access to summer learning programs, write Roosevelt Institute Director of Operations Sarah Pfeifer Vandekerckhove and policy intern Candace Richardson.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 05:22 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  June White House Photo Diary (1+ / 0-)
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    Please swing by and check out the pictures when you have the chance.

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  •  Do these people deal with kids? (1+ / 0-)
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    On the way to work I pass by a private university in which the high SES kids play soccer, swim, and general have supervised physical activity.  Kids a little older than then can take non credit fun classes in all the normal subjects, including computer science and physical education.  I took these summer courses when I was in middle school, although I was nowhere near high SES. Though I did not learn a great deal. it was fun interacting with other motivated kids get used to being on a college campus with the expectations of good behavior.  Many people called it expensive baby sitting.

    Here is the thing with year round school and extended hours.  In many ways it is like telling someone who can't make ends meet working 40 hours a week to work 60.  Yes, it makes logical sense and solves the problem but king of misses the point.  A kid who is having trouble in school is not going to better when she receives the perceived punishment of going to summer school.

    I think we need to have opportunities for kids in the summer, but they can't be strictly academic.  I know high school kids who are getting their associates degree by going to school in the summer, and good for them.I would not have done it.  I spent my summer learning skills and building things.  It is getting to the point where even that is being drained of all fun.  We just built to learn how things work.  Now one is expected to go to competition, building a contrived machine instead of something that does useful tasks.

    Here is what we seem to know in education.  Reading to your child at least beginning at birth has positive results.  When a child can read, completing one age appropriate book every few weeks over the summer helps a lot.  If we are going to have summer activities, they have to be attractive to the reluctant student, just not more academic stuff.  We know how to do the academic stuff, and most motivated students will do it.  Frankly, the motivated students, independent of SES, will get fustrated really fast if they have to deal with less motivated students in the summer.

    She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is doing. -Kurt Vonnegut Life is serious but we don't have to be - me

    by lowt on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 08:39:57 PM PDT

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