Reform is a State of Mind

An excerpt from Letters to a Young Education Reformer

Clown School

A review of “Class Clowns: How the Smartest Investors Lost Billions in Education” by Jonathan A. Knee

On Teaching Controversy

A review of “The Case for Connection” by Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson

Touring the Clever Countries

A review of “Cleverlands: The Secrets Behind the Success of the World’s Education Superpowers” by Lucy Crehan

The Long Path to ESSA

An excerpt from “The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States”

Undoing Irrational Thinking

A review of The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Opposing Perspectives on Student Debt

Is the college loan crisis reality or myth?

A Judicious Overview of the Charter Movement

A review of “Charter Schools at the Crossroads” by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, and Brandon L. Wright

Rich Insights on Poverty

A review of “Coming of Age in the Other America,” by Stefanie DeLuca, Susan Clampet-Lundquist, and Kathryn Edin

The Not-So-Golden Mean

A review of “The End of Average” by Todd Rose

When Practice Does Make Perfect

A review of “Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise” by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

One Hundred Miles and a World Apart

A review of “The Battle for Room 314” and “The Secret Lives of Teachers”

Teaching Character

A review of “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth and “Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why” by Paul Tough

Using Blended Learning to Design Schools that Motivate Students

An excerpt from “Blended” by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker

Why Background Knowledge is Crucial for Literacy

An excerpt of “Reading Reconsidered” by Doug Lemov, Colleen Driggs and Erica Woolway

The Trouble with Texting

A review of “The 160-Character Solution,” by Benjamin L. Castleman

Ready for Play Time?

A review of “The Importance of Being Little,” by Erika Christakis

Work Within and Outside Traditional Schooling

A review of “The Split Screen Strategy,” by Ted Kolderie

High-Achieving Countries Leave America Behind

A review of “Failing Our Brightest Kids” by Chester E. Finn Jr. and 
Brandon L. Wright

In Newark, a Gift Wasted?

A review of “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?” by Dale Russakoff

History Lessons from a Policy Insider

A review of Presidents, Congress and The Public Schools, by Jack Jennings

A Different Kind of Military School

A review of “Strugglers into Strivers: What the Military Can Teach Us about How Young People Learn and Grow” by Hugh B. Price

Learning about Learning

A review of Knowledge Capital of Nations by Eric A. Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann

High Marks for Games in the Classroom

A review of The Game Believes in You, by Greg Toppo

Tracking Is a District Problem

A review of “On the Same Track” by Carol Corbett Burris

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