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There Is No War On Teachers

by Eric Hanushekvia USA Today
Thursday, June 12, 2014

Public schools are constitutionally empowered to educate our next generation, but they often stray from that path to over-emphasize the rights, pay, and benefits of their employees.

High school students in class
Analysis and Commentary

Intellectual Coherence and the Common Core

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Just because some criticisms of Common Core standards are over the top and dripping with misinformation doesn’t make them all so. Plenty of valid concerns exist, and the estimable Peggy Noonan recently homed in on several of them. She acknowledges “that Core proponents’ overall objective—to get schools teaching more necessary and important things, and to encourage intellectual coherence in what is taught—is not bad, but good.” 

Analysis and Commentary

America’s College Kids Are a Bunch of Mollycoddled Babies

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Politico
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

t’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry over the demand by U.S. college students for “trigger warnings” to alert them that something they’re about to read or see in one of their classes might traumatize them—apparently a new trend, according to the New York Times. Ditto for off-beat campus sculptures, placards displayed by protesters and more.

Black students in a classroom
In the News

Not Just the Problems of Other People's Children: U.S. Student Performance in Global Perspective

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson, Ludger Woessmannvia Harvard's Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG)
Thursday, May 15, 2014
“The big picture of U.S. performance on the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) is straightforward and stark: It is a picture of educational stagnation.... Fifteen-year-olds in the U.S. today are average in science and reading literacy, and below average in mathematics, compared to their counterparts in [other industrialized] countries.”
High school students in class
Analysis and Commentary

Now You’re Entitled To Your Own Facts Too

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Monday, May 12, 2014
Classroom students

Special: Moe, Evers, and Damon on the John Batchelor Show

by Terry M. Moe, William Damon, Williamson M. Eversvia John Batchelor Show
Friday, May 9, 2014

In conjunction with a special live taping of the John Batchelor Show at the Hoover Spring Retreat, John Batchelor and Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal hosted a discussion on education reform, featuring Hoover senior fellows Terry Moe and William Damon and Hoover research fellows Williamsom Evers.

Wall Street Journal columnist and author Peggy Noonan visits the Hoover Institut
Analysis and Commentary

Almost, Peggy, But This Time Not Quite

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Friday, May 9, 2014

Eric Hanushek on the John Batchelor Show (19:57)

with Eric Hanushekvia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, May 7, 2014


The K–12 Education Task Force focuses on education policy as it relates to government provision and oversight versus private solutions (both within and outside the public school system) that stress choice, accountability, and transparency; that include systematic reform options such as vouchers, charter schools, and testing; and that weigh equity concerns against outcome objectives.

Its collaborative efforts spawned a quarterly journal titled Education Next, one of the premier publications on public education research policy in the nation.

Chester E. Finn, Jr. serves as chair of the Task Force on K–12 education.