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Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Closing Schools Does Not Keep Kids Safe

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, October 26, 2020

An Associate Professor of Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School, Ryan Sullivan, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Sullivan’s recent op-ed, which outlines why schools should resume in-person classes.

Analysis and Commentary

Fredrik Deboer On The Cult Of Smart

by Russ Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, October 26, 2020

Author and journalist Fredrik deBoer discusses his book The Cult of Smart with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. DeBoer argues that there is little that can be done to change the distribution of success in K-12 education. He argues that educational reforms like charter schools and No Child Left Behind are doomed to failure. At the end of the conversation, deBoer, a self-described Marxist, makes the case for a radical re-imagining of the U.S. economy.

In the News

The Politics Of School Reopening

quoting Michael T. Hartneyvia BC News
Friday, October 23, 2020

A study co-authored by a Boston College political scientist finds local political conditions—not science or the severity of COVID-19—determined whether K-12 public schools would reopen this fall.

In the News

What The Beheading Of A French School Teacher Should Tell Us

quoting Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Independent Women's Forum
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Unlike the name of George Floyd in the U.S., that of Samuel Paty, the French school teacher beheaded in a suburb of Paris, has not become a rallying cry for social change.


Chester Finn And Michael Petrilli On The Education Gadfly Show: The Loathsome War On Exam Schools

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellows Checker Finn and Michael Petrilli discuss the growing, misguided war on selective-admissions high schools.

Analysis and Commentary

How Charter Supporters Can Win Over Joe Biden

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, October 22, 2020

On paper, it seems like Joe Biden would champion the cause of expanding high-quality charter schools. He’s a longtime centrist Democrat, and centrist Democrats usually love charter schools, going back to Bill Clinton. He was Barack Obama’s vice president, and Obama has long loved charter schools. Biden was brought back from political near-death thanks to the support of Black voters, and Black voters love charter schools. 

Analysis and Commentary

Creating Autonomous Schools In Traditional Districts

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Progressive Policy Institute’s indefatigable David Osborne, a long-time student of and advocate for quality charter schools, now joined by Tressa Pankovits, has penned a valuable guide to the creation of autonomous “innovation schools” within traditional districts.

Analysis and Commentary

Open The Schools And The Playgrounds

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

A group of researchers, spearheaded by Brown University Professor Emily Oster, have created and made available the most comprehensive databaseon schools and Covid case rates for students and staff since the pandemic started. Her data—covering almost 200,000 kids across 47 states from the last two weeks of September—showed a Covid-19 case rate of 0.13% among students and 0.24% among staff. 


Unshackled: Freeing America’s K–12 Education System

by Clint Bolick, Kate J. Hardimanvia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

How should we design a K–12 school system for the 21st century? Unshackled explores how to leverage decentralization, school choice, and technology to further freedom and flexibility in education.


End The School Shutdown

by David R. Henderson, Ryan Sullivanvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

In-person classes turn out not to cause spikes in cases or fatality. But keeping kids home has a high cost.


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