Economic Thinking Posts on Debate Topics

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The Race to Space and Mars: Let Private Firms Compete

Past posts have outlined problems with the federal government’s continued rocket planning and contracting. See “Federal Space Transportation: Time for Reform,” for example. The benefits of federal space transportation planning and rockets tends to...

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Economics for Extemporaneous Speaking

Overheads for presentation at University of Houston for UIL students. Some overheads were updated since emailing to UIL. Click for PDF of updated overheads (links should work to various articles and videos): UILEconExtemp2017new.key

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K-12 Policy Reform August News

August news items and notes for the K-12 education reform topic. • “The newest advantage of being rich in America? Higher grades Escalating grade inflation at wealthy high schools is another blow to poor...

National service: sharing the dirty work by Martin Anderson 0

National service: sharing the dirty work by Martin Anderson

[Article by Martin Anderson for the Sept./Oct. NSDA LD topic: “Resolved: In the United States, national service ought to be compulsory.”] Today an understanding of what national service is all about is obscured by...

The Strange Case of Special Education Funding 0

The Strange Case of Special Education Funding

“Trump Budget Would Slash Education Dept. Spending, Boost School Choice,” (Education Week, May 23, 2017), looks at changes proposed in federal education spending, but notes the largest: Grants for special education, which also go...