Race, Student Debt, and For-Profit Graduate Schools

Graduate school enrollment is exacerbating the black-white debt gap, but there is at best a weak case for calling out for-profit schools in that trend.

Civil Society and Job Training

Instead of trying to use public policy to develop training programs for the workforce of the future, let’s instead rest our hopes on a vast array of small-scale, nimble, local solutions crafted by civil-society actors.

Who Will Provide Quality Control for Dual Enrollment Courses?

A battle in Indiana over who is qualified to teach the dual-enrollment courses meant to yield college credit for high school students.

A Better Future for Rural Communities Starts at the Schoolhouse

Students need to know that the economy constantly changes and that everyone, no matter how well educated, must be alert to trends in the demand for skills.

What Are the Options for States Dealing With Unfunded Pension Liabilities?

Collectively, states face $1.4 trillion in unfunded pension liabilities, and $500 billion of that is due to teacher pension debt.

Education Innovation in 2017: Four Personalized-Learning Trends to Watch

Platforms, projects, wraparound services and assessments will all be in the news.

Big Bang for Just a Few Bucks: The Impact of Math Textbooks in California

Textbooks are one of the most widely used educational inputs, but remarkably little is known about their effects on student learning.

Lessons on Common Core

Critical books offer more folly than wisdom

Critical books offer more folly than wisdom

The Myth and Reality of Heroic Teaching

Machines can’t imitate acts of heroic teaching, but with the help of performance-augmenting technologies, teachers will have an unprecedented ability to impact their students’ lives for the better.

Making College Earnings Data Work for Students

State and federal policymakers have embraced the idea that prospective college students need better information on earnings outcomes for individual colleges and programs of study.

Undue Process: Why Bad Teachers Rarely Get Fired

The research on “what matters” when it comes to a child’s academic success has been clear for decades: more than anything else that a school can control, the classroom teacher matters most.

AP Government is All Government and No Civics; All Federal and No Federalism

We need a rigorous curriculum to teach students the civics of the local and the experiential.

Complement and ‘Commoditize’ Teachers, But Don’t Substitute For Them With Tech

We can’t expect teachers to reach every single student effectively at scale without somehow reconfiguring teachers’ existing workloads.

Teacher Observations Have Been a Waste of Time and Money

The system is spending time and effort rating teachers using criteria that do not have a basis in research.

Will Blended Learning Fulfill its Disruptive Potential?

Mainstream adoption of blended learning will come not from policy reform but from persuading the people who work at the ground level in education.

Fulfilling the Promise of Community College: The ASAP Demonstrations

An innovative program of wrap-around support services known as Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) boosts graduation rates.

Can a Redesigned AP Government Course Get Schools Back Into the Civic Education Game?

If a new seriousness about civic education takes root, schools may turn to the new off-the-shelf curriculum developed by the College Board.

Why Should Education Advocates Care About Pension Reform?

Here are my best arguments for why education advocates should invest their time and political capital in pensions, as opposed to everything else they might want to work on.

A Silver Lining for Online Higher Education?

While the overall picture regarding online higher education is mixed, some new papers present some cause for optimism, especially if we can figure out ways to successfully monitor and certify the quality of online education.

Are Teacher Turnover Rates Rising? Maybe Not

We may just be employing more teachers who fall into career stages with high turnover.

Should Policymakers Make College Free or Better Support Institutions?

Providing the right mix of financial aid and non-financial supports to the students who need them most is a better idea than eliminating tuition for all or most families.

In the News: Math Teachers: Open Resources Come With Risks

The NCTM released a statement warning of the challenges math teachers can face when schools rely too heavily on open educational resources.

When Cultivating Expertise, Here’s How Technology Can Help

The areas of practice, demonstration, and feedback are where technology really supports learning.

The False Dichotomy Between Memorization and Conceptual Understanding

Experts tend to forget just how much they’ve absorbed into long-term memory, so when they train novices, they tend to leave out a large amount of important information.

A Broader View of OER: In Response to McShane’s Article on Open Education

Open education is a crucial means to organize and transform the work of faculty, teachers, librarians, independent scholars and learners.

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