Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘tuition’

Burden A Little Less on Parents

college tuitionThe front page of my paper offered a story this morning.  It was, again, front page, above the fold.  I was relieved to learn that;

College bill burden falls a little less on parents, Sallie Mae says

Whew.  As a father of two in college I feel a lot better as I would like to retire in seven years, but probably cannot for anther ten at least as of right now.  Of course Sallie Mae is not a parent, but the comments were made on behalf of the student lender through Sarah Ducich, Sallie Mae’s senior vice president for public policy.  Sallie Mae makes an interesting argument, but I don’t agree with the way the concept is framed, hence this post.  As I do in “Phraseology” here are some key phrases from the original article which is linked if you click on the article title;

It’ll Help Seniors

There once was a story about a Gov. named Ed, poor Philadelphia man, mostly kept his state in red, then one day he was spendin’ out his a#%, and out from the ground game a hissin gas…Marcellus that is, natural gas, Pennsylvania cash…

If it helps that introduction sort of goes with the Beverly Hillbillies theme song [a show on TV Land for those of you under forty]. 

Parse-imony – Vouchers

In “Parse-imony” I break down current news stories with my pithy, running commentary…

First the headline:

Poll: Most Pennsylvanians oppose school vouchers

Nearly two-thirds of Pennsylvanians oppose creating a voucher system that would use tax dollars to pay private-school tuition, according to a public opinion poll released yesterday.  [Sounds bad for voucher proponents]

The poll, commissioned by a coalition of groups opposed to school vouchers [What are the chances that a poll commissioned by a “coalition” of groups opposed to vouchers will get these results?], was conducted by Terry Madonna Opinion Research. Madonna is a political science professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster County.

For-Proifit College

Start with a headline to catch your attention.

For-profit college debt brings burdens

Follow up with a subhead that nails it and creates the mood.