Why Education Is The Answer

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Exactly 150 years ago, in the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which launched the great and enduring public university system in America. Even during the most wrenching conflict in our history, Lincoln was thinking of the future. This week, in the midst of a taut presidential election, we look to the future of higher education in America. Both candidates weigh in: we have essays from President Obama and Governor Romney. In our special report (deftly overseen by senior editor Julie Rawe), we take a look at the challenges facing higher education. I'd argue that higher...

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