The Paradoxical Logic of Ed Reform Politics (Part 2)

The paradoxical logic of military and political strategy is a result of the fact that in the strategic world one’s opponent is able to react to your efforts with counter-moves.

Will Youth CareerConnect disrupt or sustain?

The ambitious program could fund the development of truly disruptive models for educating students in a manner that is tightly connected to workforce opportunities.

The Broad Prize and the Courage to Change

Is the best urban district good enough?

Is TFA to Blame for the Rise in Teacher Attrition?

No, or at least not very much

The Paradoxical Logic of Ed Reform Politics

The brute force and directness required for adopting national standards makes its effective implementation in a diverse, decentralized, and democratic country impossible.

Jeb Bush, the Common Core, and 2016

In a crowded 2016 field, education could and should be a critical asset for a potential Bush candidacy. What happens with Common Core over the next 24 months will determine whether it is.

The Opt-Out Outrage

Is it legal to opt your child out of state tests? Should it be legal?

Next for Neerav, NSNO, and NOLA

After eight years of helping make New Orleans the most exciting American city for K–12 education, Neerav Kingsland is going to focus on bringing NOLA-style reform to other cities.

A Flexner Report on Teacher Preparation

A modern-day Flexner report should focus on finding a more effective model of teacher training.

What Koreans Wish Obama Understood About Their Schools

In my travels throughout Korea, in virtually every meeting I heard a variation of the same theme. “Why does President Obama think that Korean schools are good?”

The Challenges Facing Struggling Rural Schools

Struggling rural schools face different challenges than struggling urban schools, so different interventions may be called for.

The Pension IOU

Teachers should insist that all forms of compensation—including retirement benefits—are paid for upfront and that benefit promises are matched by real contributions.

What Education Reformers Can Learn from Kosher Certification

Can we have standards without the government imposing them?

The Two Tracks of School Reform

Standards-based reform and school choice are interdependent, maybe even codependent.

A Concluded Battle in the Curriculum Wars

Abundant research supports content-oriented curricula in the “softer” subjects of English Language Arts and social studies/history.

How Generous Are Public Pensions?

For the average full-career state worker, traditional defined benefit plans are working quite well.

Charter Schools, the Time Is Now to Take on Special Ed in a Big Way

What does it take for charters to achieve success with kids who have disabilities? Something not so different from what works with low-income kids.

Indiana and the Common Core

Could more states join Indiana in dropping the standards?

Beating the Odds: Some School Boards Can Do It

A new study uses survey data from 900 school board members in 419 school districts.

Focus on the Opportunities Ed Tech Brings, Not the Hype

When we talk educational technology, there’s far too much excited talk about big purchases of tablets or assessment systems and far too little about just what educators and students are supposed to actually do with these.

Behind the Headline: Barack Obama vs. the Culture of Poverty

Two giants of the blogosphere, Jonathan Chait of New York magazine and Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic, have been engaging in an epic debate this month over the concept of “the culture of poverty.”

School Reform and Vocational School Reform in Korea

Meister High Schools are converted vocational schools that partner with companies in specific industries to create educational experiences tailored to the needs of the workforce.

Homework Horror Stories

Recent stories in the popular press have featured children burdened with an enormous amount of homework, three hours or more per night. Are these students’ experiences typical or rare?

Cutting the Tie Between Education and Housing

Middle income families wanting good schools often purchase homes in good school districts that are just barely within their financial means, causing them to live hand-to-mouth.

Politico’s Voucher Story Is Bogus

This morning, Politico published an attention-grabbing story about how some private schools that teach creationism receive public funding through tuition tax credits and school vouchers.

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