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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 9 years ago

Why are Texas libs so naive about education & training?

Instead of allocating more resources into STEM education, liberal Texas DEM legislators want to open a law school in the impoverished South Texas region.

"Texas produces more law school graduates than it has jobs for. But that has not stopped some lawmakers from proposing that the state build a public law school in the Rio Grande Valley."

-The Texas Tribune. Backers Push a Law School in the Valley. By REEVE HAMILTON

“Since the mid-1970s, the gap between rich and poor has grown considerably. One of best analyses of this long-term trend is by the Harvard economics professors Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz in their book, “The Race Between Education and Technology.” The authors conclude that widening inequality is largely a symptom of the educational system’s failure to provide enough skilled workers to keep up with the ever increasing demand.” — Greg Mankiw, professor of economics at Harvard University

Update:

My suggestion, that scarce education funds would best be utilized on STEM education rather than a new law school has not been addressed. Placing a new law school in the region would not improve the region's economy.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Law is the most overcrowded profession in the nation. Having more lawyers in this very poor region would do very little towards creating jobs or any kind of economic development. The Harvard professors are right on the money when they suggest that education is the key, but they mean (high) technological education not more useless lawyers.

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  • 9 years ago

    Perhaps you could include the other part of the article:

    "The nearest public law school to the state’s southernmost region is more than 300 miles away, at Austin’s University of Texas School of Law. The Rio Grande Valley also has one of the lowest lawyer-to-citizen ratios in the state."

    There are two legislators who are proposing this. Two. Out of 150. One of whom said he was not naïve enough to think that the current Legislature would spend millions on a new law school when it is facing a budget shortfall of as much as $27 billion, but he wants to try to keep the issue from being “sent to the back of the line.”

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  • 9 years ago

    True, now only the wealthy can go for advanced degrees. What really worries are the home schooling laws because they are so lax. I know of several children who are unable to read or write because their parents are "home schooling" them. There are no testing requirements and most of these parents are high school drop outs. All the parents are required to do is keep a diary.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I don't see what's wrong with that. How is it naive to want to spread access to education? What is naive, however, is Texas Republicans rewriting state text books so they can brainwash children to think the USA is a Christian theocracy.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    You're naive.

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