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Analysis and Commentary

"Why Do I Have To Explain My Answer?" Advice For Parents In The Age Of Common Core

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, September 22, 2016

As regular readers of this blog know, I’ve been a long-time, energetic, enthusiastic defender of the Common Core standards. That’s because those of us at the Fordham Institute believe these academic standards to be much stronger, in a variety of ways, than what preceded them in most states.

Thomas Sowell

Q&A Episode 77: Thomas Sowell At The Keyboard, Taking Requests

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Ricochet
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell talks about trade, immigration, China, environmentalism, education, and a few other things.

Analysis and Commentary

What The XQ Super School Design Challenge Gets Right

by Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia EducationNext
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rick Hess posted on his Straight Up blog, “My Mixed Feelings on XQ’s “Super Schools.” He reported ambivalence after the XQ Institute announced ten winners of XQ: The Super School Project design challenge. For those new to XQ, it is an initiative to reimagine American high schools.

Analysis and Commentary

Can Special Ed Be Fixed?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

In a searing expose, reminiscent of the heyday of journalistic muckraking, the Houston Chronicle has assembled and published fairly persuasive evidence that the great state of Texas has placed a de facto cap of 8.5 percent on the number of kids who can be placed in special education.

Analysis and Commentary

Common Confusion

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Most kids in America aren’t on track for success. Why don’t they and their parents know it?

In the News

See Who's Been Tapped To Lead Trump's Transition Team For Education

featuring Williamson M. Eversvia Education Week
Monday, September 19, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has picked Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and Gerard Robinson, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, to be on his presidential transition team for education, according to multiple sources.

Analysis and Commentary

Tweeting A Two-Bit Notion To Banish George Washington

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, September 15, 2016

It’s not just the clever minds under the state Capitol dome that can make America wonder if California has taken leave of its senses.

Analysis and Commentary

Opening New York City's Gifted-And-Talented Doors Wide For All City Kids

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright via New York Daily News
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Last October, we lamented New York City’s neglect of high-ability students, particularly in its low-income neighborhoods. Since then, the district and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña have taken steps to mitigate the problem. Unfortunately, their efforts fall way short.

In the News

What Is College For?

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via Huffington Post
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

In 1987, education scholars Diane Ravitch and Chester E. Finn, Jr. co-authored a book entitled What Do Our 17-Year-Olds Know? The short answer: not much. Ravitch and Finn based their study on findings from the First National Assessment of History and Literature. 


Checker Finn On The Bill Bennett Interview

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr.via The Bill Bennett Interview
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Checker Finn explains how we’re getting close to a universal belief in the concept of school choice and how this is changing education for the better. Many students who used to be trapped in failing public schools now have the opportunity to choose between public, private, charter, and magnet schools.


K-12 Education Task Force

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.

CREDO at Stanford University