FROM Ben Wildavsky
Is America Falling Behind in Science, Engineering? Yesterday at the White House Summit on Community Colleges , President Obama said those two- year institutions are “the unsung heroes of America’s education system.” He said they’ll play a crucial role in a ten-year effort to regain world leadership in college completion.
Is America Falling Behind in Science, Engineering? America once led the world in science and engineering, the keys to creating the jobs that generated record-breaking prosperity. Last year just four of the top 10 companies receiving US patents were located in the US, and China graduated more English-speaking engineers than America did. With dire warnings about falling behind, Congress is being urged to fund education and research so the US can regain its competitive edge. But if other countries are catching up, is that all bad? As education and knowledge are globalized, won’t the US share in the benefits?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.