In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb. 10, 2014 / 10 Adar I, 5774

US colleges and Weimar Germany

By Jack Kelly

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So enormous has been the harm done by the fraudsters running public K-12 schools, you'd think fraud in higher education couldn't possibly be worse.

You'd be mistaken.

College tuition and fees increased 1,120 percent between 1978 and 2012 -- twice as much as health care, four times as much as the cost of living.

Recent college graduates earn 15 percent less than did grads in 2000. Since 2006, for Americans aged 25 to 34, the economic advantage of a bachelor's degree has fallen 11 percent for men, 19.7 percent for women.

That's partly because so many do work for which no more than a high school diploma is required. Thirty percent of flight attendants, 17 percent of bartenders and bellhops, 5 percent of janitors have bachelors degrees or higher.

At least they have jobs. Only 16 percent of 2013 grads do, according to the management consulting firm Accenture.

The job killing policies of the Obama administration are mostly to blame. But 38 percent of U.S. employers surveyed by ManpowerGroup have jobs they can't fill because applicants "are lacking in motivation, interpersonal skills, appearance, punctuality and flexibility."

Applicants can't think critically and creatively, solve problems or write well, said managers surveyed by St. Louis Community College.

Colleges and universities don't offer curriculums that adequately prepare students for the workforce, said 59 percent of senior executives surveyed by the Adecco Group, a staffing company.

Garbage courses and majors have sprouted like mushrooms on a manure pile.

"Core curricula have been elbowed offstage by banal courses in feminism, black studies and queer theory," said Stephan Kanfer of the Manhattan Institute.

College today is like Lake Wobegon, where everyone is above average. Grades have inflated like Reichsmarks in Weimar Germany. The median grade at Harvard last year was an A-.

Nearly half the students they studied at 24 colleges learned next to nothing in two years, said Professors Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa.

College students in 1961 spent 25 hours a week studying, on average. More than a third in the Arum/Roksa study spent less than 5.

Only about a third of students come from high school with the basic academic skills required to do college work. That's partly why college courses have been dumbed down; mostly why it takes students six years to get a bachelor's degree.

College enrollment swelled from 1.3 million in 1970 to 2.1 million in 2012. The surge was financed mostly by federal student loans, which rose from $7 billion in 1981 to $105 billion last year.

The vast increase in federal cash is principally why college costs so much, said Dr. Richard Vedder of the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. "It gives every incentive and every opportunity for colleges to raise their fees."

The student loan program has been a boon to college faculty and professional staff, their ranks swollen by 400 percent since 1960, and the Democratic party.

But since 1970, the percentage of graduates from the lowest income quartile has fallen from 12 to 7 percent. Poor minority students are the most likely to drop out. The average graduate leaves college $24,000 in debt. It's hard for those with shlock degrees and dismal job prospects to pay that back -- harder still for dropouts.

Student debt -- $1.2 trillion in 2013 -- is our problem too, because young people burdened with it can't buy houses, must delay starting families, are more likely to default on other debts.

The proportion of Americans who have a college degree has increased from roughly 10 percent in 1970 to about 30 percent today. But only 20 percent of jobs require a college education, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates. To encourage young people who lack the preparation - and often the aptitude and motivation - to do college work to borrow money to obtain a degree that will not improve their job prospects is criminal.

When the degree the student borrows money to get is intellectually vapid and of no economic utility, the crime is magnified. A woman who borrows $97,000 for an "interdisciplinary degree in religious and women's studies" is chiefly to blame for the hardship coming her way. But colleges - and politicians -- who take advantage of such saps are bigger fraudsters than those who sell them subprime mortgages, or beachfront property in Arizona.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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