The Not-So-Golden Mean

A neuroscientist aims to disrupt the “tyranny of averaging”

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

When Practice Does Make Perfect

What everyone can learn from top performers

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

One Hundred Miles and a World Apart

Two teachers reflect on their work in vastly different schools

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

Teaching Character

Grit is critical to how and why people succeed

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

The Trouble with Texting

Success in college requires more than completing forms

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

Ready for Play Time?

Less structure in preschool may not work for all kids

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

Work Within and Outside Traditional Schooling

Longtime reformer outlines a bold vision for the future

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

High-Achieving Countries Leave America Behind

It’s time to stop ignoring smart kids

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

In Newark, a Gift Wasted?

That depends on what happens next

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

History Lessons from a Policy Insider

What should we be learning from past reform fights?

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

A Different Kind of Military School

Public academies would serve at-risk youth

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

More years of schooling and more education are not the same

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

High Marks for Games in the Classroom

But what are the students learning?

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

Tracking Is a District Problem

Schools of choice are actually less likely to use ability tracking

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

Taking On the Opportunity Gap

Solutions must target home and school

A review of “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” by Robert D. Putnam

Power to the People

Urban Families and the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship

A review of “The School Choice Journey” by Thomas Stewart and Patrick J. Wolf

Breaking the Mold

A radical proposal to decentralize school governance

A review of A Democratic Constitution for Public Education, by Paul T. Hill and Ashley E. Jochim

More Harm Than Good

A review of "Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed," by Jason L. Riley

A review of “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed,” by Jason L. Riley

Race and Poverty in Baltimore

A review of “The Long Shadow” by Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson

A review of “The Long Shadow” by Karl Alexander, Doris Entwisle, and Linda Olson

Wrong Diagnosis on Homework Help from Parents

Authors find correlation, mistake it for causation

A review of “The Broken Compass: Parental Involvement with Children’s Education” by Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris

An Uncommon Leader

A review of No Struggle, No Progress by Howard Fuller

NYC’s Former Schools Chancellor Recounts Struggles and Successes

A review of Joel Klein's "Lessons of Hope”

A review of Joel Klein’s “Lessons of Hope”

Moving Toward a Teaching Profession

A review of The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein

A review of The Teacher Wars by Dana Goldstein

Disruptive Innovation in Practice

When integrating technology, course corrections are unavoidable

A review of Michael B. Horn’s and Heather Staker’s “Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools”

Criticizing Charter Schools for Lacking Diversity and Unions Misses the Point

A review of A Smarter Charter by Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter

A review of A Smarter Charter by Richard D. Kahlenberg and Halley Potter

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