Why do American public schools spend more of their operating budgets on non-teachers than almost every other country in the world, including nations that are as prosperous and humane as ours?
The belief that a particular approach to mathematics instruction—referred to over the past half-century as “progressive,” “constructivist,” “discovery,” or “inquiry-based”—is the answer to improving mathematics learning in the U.S. is not supported by evidence.
Common Core’s hardened factions—Champions and Dissidents—appear to separate themselves on at least three worldviews relating to K-12 education
The new conservative approach attempts to advance positive change, not through massive new federal programs or fanciful technical solutions but via traditional, experience-informed means.
The bottom line: the tests are hard, as expected, but the choice of texts needs work.
How can we make sure that the major elements of the policy agenda fit well together and are not working at cross-purposes?
As blended learning continues to grow, one of the challenges education leaders are facing is the fact that knowledge of the concept spreads faster than expertise on how to foster and support it.
On paper, the Democratic Party and huge swaths of black and Hispanic families craving better school options for their kids have been on a collision course for years.
Education reform has never thoughtfully discussed, much less enumerated, what ought to be conserved.
Our study did address all three ways in which peer influences might make a difference in KIPP’s success, but reached its clearest conclusions about the effects of student attrition and replacement patterns.
The new study is far less definitive than advertised because it addresses, at most, only one of the three ways in which peer influences might make a difference in KIPP’s success.
There’s little reason to expect that century-old assumptions about how to organize and deliver schooling are the smartest way forward.
I consider myself a proud progressive Democrat. However, I find myself on the outside of my party while defending the most progressive stance I have ever taken.
It’s August, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for our annual list of top education-policy Twitter feeds.
Over the years, legislators increased pension benefits significantly, but they have not distributed those increases evenly to all teachers.
On September 8, “Saving Schools” launches. Four (free!) mini- courses on “History, Politics and Policy in U. S. Education”
How could I be disposed to preserve venerable institutions and yet favor dramatic K–12 change?
On August 1, Chester E. “Checker” Finn, Jr., will step down from his role as founding president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, passing the baton to Michael J. Petrilli. Here is his “farewell address” as president.
Vergara precedents are multiple, judge's actions restrained
Vergara precedents are multiple, judge’s actions restrained
Monday’s Politico story on the messaging battle over the Common Core has kicked up another round of recriminations, particularly on the Right.
When policy discourse is taken over by slogan-speak, it undermines the credibility of future attempts at serious policy discussion.
Course Access is still a new policy, but for many students, no matter where they live or what school they attend, it will give them a significantly greater chance to fulfill their potential.
What is the benefit conferred by preschool if there’s no school after the pre?
What President Obama termed “the most meaningful education reform in a generation” has proven to be more a cautionary tale than a model.