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Culture & Society: Reaching beyond politics and policy, into the art and community that shape us, is important for both understanding and changing the social landscape. Engaging with the themes and assumptions embedded in art and popular culture is a key component of succeeding in the marketplace of ideas. Discussing civil society and social entrepreneurs is essential to the motivation of the next generation. Whether it’s highlighting the work of a community organization improving lives locally or commenting on the values and message of society’s storytellers, we seek to emphasize the importance of the space between the individual and the state and the inherent dignity of every person.
Economy & Jobs: An economy based on mutually beneficial exchange is the cornerstone of our modern world. Creating an environment in which individuals are able to use their talents, interests, and skills to create value for others is essential to ensuring a truly inclusive economy that recognizes the full dignity and worth of the human person. Catalyst explores how these ideas function in our current culture and highlights ideas to improve the status quo.
Education: Without question, learning about the world and developing one's potential is the key to success in our modern world. But the current cookie-cutter approach to education ignores the different strengths, needs, and goals of today's students. Only by challenging the status quo and rethinking the rigidity of traditional educational pathways will today's students have the opportunity to achieve their true potential. By focusing on the needs and capabilities of individuals, Catalyst explores how education is being adapted to fit our modern age.
Environment: As the next generation takes up challenge of stewarding our environment, it is important to prioritize results over intentions. Creativity and innovation have radically improved our living standards; they can be harnessed to improve and protect our environment as well. Applying the same principles that have led to our historic material prosperity, such as the cooperation enabled by mutually-beneficial market exchanges, can also help sustain and preserve our environment for generations to come. By allowing more local and private control over the management of the resources in their own backyard and expanding property rights that encourage good stewardship and cooperation, we can build a culture that welcomes environmental entrepreneurship and is well-equipped to handle the challenges of conserving what matters most.
Healthcare: Overpriced and underperforming, it's no secret that America's healthcare system is in desperate need of an overhaul. However, new advances in medical and information technology are revolutionizing the way consumers search for and receive healthcare. Rather than continuing to rely on mandates and restrictions, introducing choice and flexibility will ensure that the needs of individuals are met. Catalyst explores these transformational developments and outlines ways in which to best serve individuals and families by restoring their decision-making power and increasing their options.
Housing: Moving to take advantage of new and better opportunities has always been part of the American pioneer spirit. Today, however, far too many people find themselves stuck in place and less able to fully pursue their aspirations. Even as technology makes the production of new homes cheaper and faster, public policy choices have made housing ever more expensive and unavailable. Catalyst explores how policies can be changed and technology leveraged to ensure that housing is affordable and responsive to the needs of the next generation of Americans seeking opportunity.
Privacy: The right to privacy is an essential component of liberty whose legal tradition can be traced back centuries. In today's digital and interconnected world, the platforms and context in which we exercise our right to privacy has certainly changed, but its significance has not. Catalyst highlights threats to the privacy of individuals and offers creative solutions to ensure that no person is forced to have private information made public.
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Walmart Models Next-Level Business-Education Partnership

By working with educators to shape classes and degree programs to teach the skills they value, employers could build the workforce they need, often from within their existing labor force.

Kristiana Bolzman | June 20, 2019
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Decline of the M.B.A., Fall of the Humanities: What’s Left?

Increasingly, kids look at colleges as sort of a sophisticated form of vocational education that once was a staple of many high schools.

Richard Vedder | June 18, 2019
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Taxpayers Shouldn’t Get Stuck with a $1.5 Trillion Loan Default Tab

We need to change the incentive system, making schools face financial consequences for accepting students with shaky academic backgrounds who are unlikely to complete college.

Richard Vedder | June 12, 2019
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Four Low Tech Ways to Lower Tuition Fees by 10 to 30 Percent

To make themselves more attractive, colleges need to become leaner, cheaper, and more relevant.

Richard Vedder | June 1, 2019
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The Myth of Free College

If history teaches us anything it’s that we can’t subsidize our way to college affordability.

Vicki Alger | May 25, 2019
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Adversity Scores Set Students Up to Fail

Instead of focusing on increasing diversity in education, we should be focusing on preparing our diverse students to achieve success themselves.

Kristiana Bolzman | May 23, 2019
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Before Spending More on Vocational Training, Let’s Ensure It Meets Market Needs

To provide a real alternative to higher education, states and schools offering vocational programs should align vocational education with market needs.

Kristiana Bolzman | May 20, 2019
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Comparative Economic Systems

Now, three decades after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, it may be time to bring back courses in Comparative Economic Systems.

Randall G. Holcombe | May 11, 2019
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Senator Warren’s Student Debt Plan
The Worst Higher Education Proposal Ever Made

It is mind-boggling in the potential harm it would pose to our nation.

Richard Vedder | May 8, 2019