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Nobel Prize Winner Abhijit Banerjee A Product Of India's Educational System, Says Raghuram Rajan

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia Business Today
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Former RBI governor Rajan in his post on LinkedIn highlighted that it is a proud moment for India as Banerjee was largely educated in the country.


Michael Petrilli: Everything We Know About Effective Teachers

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks about rigorous research and what it says about identifying, developing, and retaining effective teachers.
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Better Students and Better Jobs

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A new survey shows that the jobs for which students are training simply aren’t the jobs employers want to fill. How to fix this mismatch.


Why Has AP Succeeded When So Many Other Reforms Have Failed?

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Andrew Scanlanvia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

American K–12 education is awash in reforms, nostrums, interventions, silver bullets, pilot programs, snake oil peddlers, advocates, and crusaders, not to mention innumerable private foundations that occasionally emerge from their endless cycles of strategic planning to unload their latest brainstorms upon the land. Yet when subjected to close scrutiny, not much actually “works”—and at the high school level practically nothing seems to. Sometimes the flaw was in the conception itself, sometimes in the implementation, oftentimes in the peerless ability of a vast, entrenched, bureaucratic system to repel, besiege, and ultimately tame or expel disruptive innovations of all sorts.

Analysis and Commentary

How Two Personalized Learning Models Accelerate The Progress Of Their High-Achieving Students

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Last week, we examined how Wildflower and Rocketship ensure that their efforts to tailor instruction to individual kids don’t end up lowering the bar for their struggling students. Both schools are fully committed to making sure all of their charges meet academic standards so they are well prepared for life and further learning. They just don’t think students should have to march through the curriculum in lock-step.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Rebecca Friedrichs’ Fight Against Teachers Unions

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, September 16, 2019

Rebecca Friedrichs, the lead plaintiff in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case that ended in a four-four split in the Supreme Court, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss her book, “Standing Up to Goliath,” and how teachers feel about national unions.


Public Support Grows For Higher Teacher Pay And Expanded School Choice

Friday, September 13, 2019
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted "Public Support Grows for Higher Teacher Pay and Expanded School Choice" on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST.

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'No Zero' Policy At Maryland School Draws Scrutiny

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Fox 5
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

A Montgomery County high school has created its own grading policy, telling teachers they can no longer give students a grade of “zero” even if the student doesn’t do any work.

Analysis and Commentary

In Most Elementary Classrooms, Kids Are All Over The Map Academically. Here’s How Two Schools Cope.

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Almost a decade ago, I wrote that “the greatest challenge facing America’s schools today [is] the enormous variation in the academic level of students coming into any given classroom.” Unlike plenty of what I’ve said over the years, this one has stood the test of time.

Teachers picket in La Habra last December
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Teacher Strikes Are Not Going To Help California’s Students

by Eric Hanushekvia Eureka
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

When teachers in Los Angeles and Oakland went on strike earlier this year, they got a considerable amount of public support. This support is not too surprising, because there is widespread belief that teachers are underpaid. Now that the strikes have been settled, how should we view these actions?


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