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Joseph L. Bast


Joseph L. Bast is the president of The Heartland Institute and author of Rewards: How to use rewards to help children learn – and why teachers don’t use them well.

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Analysis and Commentary

How Important Is Homework For Student Achievement?

by Herbert J. Walberg, Joseph L. Bastvia Heartland Institute
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Once a child is enrolled in school, the time for homework starts. Sending children home from school with homework is a long tradition that has come under criticism by some psychologists and writers as being a form of punishment.

Analysis and Commentary

Rewards, Education, And The Culture Of Poverty

by Herbert J. Walberg, Joseph L. Bastvia Heartlander Magazine
Monday, March 16, 2015

For some children, a “culture of poverty” severely limits the opportunities they have to benefit from structured play and enrollment in out-of-school programs.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Academic Achievement Matters

by Herbert J. Walberg, Joseph L. Bast mentioning Eric Hanushek, George P. Shultz, Hoover Institutionvia Human Events Online
Friday, September 5, 2014

Socrates famously said “the unexamined life is not worth living.” He was reflecting on the private benefits of learning about ourselves and the world around us.