Robert Shiller

Baltimore needs to become the city that learns

Baltimore needs to become the city that learns

Learning more and learning better is the only way for Baltimore to prosper. The city's children need to learn problem-solving skills that will enable them to progress as they grow up. The city's young adults need to learn how to be better parents and better workers. The city's voters need to demand better policies and vote for leaders who can solve problems. All of us need to learn how to live healthier, less violent and more contributory lives.

No surprises here. The question is how. The first step is to consider how public money is allocated among different age groups. Many studies show that the younger the recipient the bigger the pay-off; yet this group receives the fewest...

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