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Frederick M. Hess

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Frederick M. Hess is director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

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Putting Aside Woke Things

by Frederick M. Hess, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2020

Far too many schools place social justice ahead of learning. For the sake of students, we must reject this harmful revolution.

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The Silence Of The School Reformers

by Frederick M. Hess, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Monday, December 2, 2019

A tidal wave of wokeness threatens to destroy the movement to improve our nation’s stagnating schools.

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Aspen’s Newest Social-Emotional Learning Offering Gives Cause for Pause

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Frederick M. Hessvia EducationNext
Thursday, April 18, 2019

Having recently unburdened ourselves of seven large gobbets of advice for the champions of today’s surging interest in Social & Emotional Learning (SEL), we intend occasionally to point to developments that strike us as problematic or promising. Our goal isn’t to point fingers—though that can be kind of fun.

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Stop Teaching Anti-Trump Bias

by Frederick M. Hess, Chester E. Finn Jr.via US News
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Teachers aren't helping when they fuel student anxieties about Trump's victory.

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The Overheated Reactions To The New AP U.S. History Framework

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Frederick M. Hessvia National Review
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Last year, the College Board released a comprehensive framework for teaching Advanced Placement American history (APUSH). It was an earnest effort to help high-school teachers understand what students should learn, but content-wise it was pretty awful.

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Dems Pull the Race Card on Education, Again

by Frederick M. Hess, Michael J. Petrillivia National Review Online
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Liberals deploy the same old tactics to shoot down any attempts to curtail bad federal laws.

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Getting Our History Right

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Frederick M. Hessvia National Review Online
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The College Board’s new framework for teaching Advanced Placement U.S. History has become a flashpoint in the education debate. Much of the criticism is hysterical and inaccurate . . . but not all of it. The critics make a legitimate case that the framework is ideologically slanted and infused with 21st-century progressivist bias.

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Closing the achievement gap, but at gifted students’ expense

by Michael J. Petrilli, Frederick M. Hessvia Washington Post
Friday, December 16, 2011

At this very moment, millions of high-achievers are waiting to be challenged. Meeting their needs is another objective worthy of a great nation. They deserve our encouragement, not our indifference...

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Pyrrhic Victories?

by Michael J. Petrilli, Frederick M. Hess, Martin R. Westvia Education Next
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The following essay is part of a forum, written in honor of Education Next’s 10th anniversary, in which the editors assessed the school reform movement’s victories and challenges to see just how successful reform efforts have been...

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Arne Duncan Talks Tough

by Frederick M. Hess, Michael J. Petrillivia National Review Online
Wednesday, December 1, 2010

For about two years now, President Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have been co-opting much of the GOP playbook on education...But on one key issue — spending — they have acted like traditional borrow-and-spend Democrats, only more so...

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