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Ideas@ The Centre 41

Vol. 12 No. 41 (November, 2009) Freedom quote of the week
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
— Milton Friedmann
  • Charter schools gain traction in 2009
    Jennifer Buckingham | 11 Dec 2009

    This has been the year of the charter school (public schools run by private operators) in education policy in the United States. Federal education secretary Arne Duncan made charter schools one of the centre-pieces of the US$4.35 billion ‘Race to the Top’ economic stimulus package, requiring all states to authorise charter schools to be eligible for funding. And two of the most high profile education chiefs in the country – Joel Klein in New York and Michelle Rhee in Washington, D.C. – have built successful reforms around increasing the number of charter schools in their cities.

  • Greek tragedy for the world economy
    Oliver Marc Hartwich | 11 Dec 2009

    Just when many thought the global financial crisis was over, it re-emerges with a bang. This week, Greece and Spain both had their credit ratings downgraded. Standard & Poor’s changed Spain’s outlook from ‘stable’ to ‘negative.’ For Greece, the news was even worse: Fitch revalued Greece’s creditworthiness to BBB+, just a few steps above junk status.

  • Girlfriends or natural socialists?
    Luke Malpass | 11 Dec 2009

    Ever heard the tired old cliché about women always wanting a man they can change, and men always wanting a woman who will not?