Causes of Religious Non-Affiliation

Allen Downey, a computer scientist at Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts, recently published a paper suggesting that the rapid rise in those who label their religious preference as "none" (no religious affiliation) is likely caused by generational replacement - 50%, religious upbringing - 25%, internet use - 20%, and college education - 5%. So What? As one who studies changes in American religious affiliation, I am fascinated to find a computer scientist suggesting a Read More …

Education & Low Wage Work

It is a widely held assumption that higher levels of education are associated with higher paying jobs.  This data has long been used to argue for the vale of higher education. A  new study by the Economic Policy Institute finds that low-wage workers (those in the bottom 20% of income) have far more education now than they once did.  More specifically, the percent of low-wage workers with varying levels of educational attainment has shifted a great deal from 1968 to 2012, including percent Read More …

Free College Education?

The cost of college education continues to rise faster than inflation and even faster than medical care.  While many people are aware of the issue and a fair number have started conversations about reform, there has been very little experimentation with less costly models.  One creative new model seeks to go beyond simply reducing tuition by eliminating it.  The University of the People launched in 2009 as a one of a kind tuition-free online university. According to Kevin Carey's recent piece Read More …