On Falling Short

Education Policy in St. Louis: Survival of the Fittest

Education Policy in St. Louis: Survival of the Fittest

BY JANICE CANTIERI In September 2012, the Missouri State Board of Education voted to strip the Normandy School District of its accreditation. The district, located in North St. Louis, failed to meet the state’s standards, as test scores were well below the statewide passing scores. This has happened in the past as well with similar districts: Riverview Gardens School District became […]

A Well-Intentioned Disaster: Agricultural Subsidies in the U.S.

A Well-Intentioned Disaster: Agricultural Subsidies in the U.S.

BY MARGAUX BAVLSIK It would be difficult to dispute the benefits of having a stable food supply, especially food at affordable prices. Subsidizing agricultural production is one of the tools the United States government has employed in an attempt to accomplish this necessary objective. However, in practice, these subsidies, through misapplication and their fundamental nature, often lead to a host of […]

Failure by Inaction: South Africa’s Early Policy on HIV/AIDS

Failure by Inaction: South Africa’s Early Policy on HIV/AIDS

BY LAINEY SCHMIDT In 1981, when the AIDS virus was first known on a global scale, the South African government, run by the National Party, was deeply engrained in a policy of apartheid; racial segregation was the norm, and social policies were unequal and semi-nonexistent.  Until 1994, when Nelson Mandela was elected as the first democratic president of South Africa, […]