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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.

In the News

'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?

In the News

Support Grows Nationwide For Paying Teachers More

quoting Paul E. Petersonvia EdSource
Monday, August 19, 2019

Most Americans believe that K-12 schools deserve more money, the federal government should chip in a bigger share of education costs and a college education — especially at community colleges — should be tuition-free, according a nationwide education poll released Tuesday.


Bill Evers: New Ethnic Studies Curriculum Is Getting Backlash For Being Too PC. How Should The Course Be Taught?

interview with Williamson M. Eversvia KPCC 89.3 (Southern California)
Monday, August 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Evers discusses a proposed California bill that would mandate high school students take ethnic studies as a requirement for graduation. But, the proposed curriculum for ethnic studies is extremely left-leaning and filled with cumbersome jargon that would become a vehicle to argue politics rather than critical thinking about race, ethnicity, and indigeneity.


Teacher Pay And Student Performance

by Eric Hanushekvia PolicyEd
Thursday, August 8, 2019

Teaching is an underpaid profession. As a result, the quality of teachers is below what it would be if compensation were similar to industries of comparably skilled workers.

In the News

Fulcrums Of Manipulation

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia Murray Ledger & Times
Wednesday, August 7, 2019

If I ignored my mother’s call for dinner a few times while playing with friends outside, she could get my attention by suggesting emphatically, “Gregory, I’m going to tell your father when he gets home if you don’t get in here and eat.” As I recall the suggestion worked; although I huffed a bit as I told my friends I had to go. There was no question about what the “tell dad” phrase meant. Absolutely nothing confusing about that!

Analysis and Commentary

Andy Matuschak On Books And Learning

by Russ Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, August 5, 2019

Software Engineer Andy Matuschak talks about his essay "Why Books Don't Work" with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Matuschak argues that most books rely on transmissionism, the idea that an author can share an idea in print and the reader will absorb it. And yet after reading a non-fiction book, most readers will struggle to remember any of the ideas in the book. Matuschak argues for a different approach to transmitting ideas via the web including different ways that authors or teachers can test for understanding that will increase the chances of retention and mastery of complex ideas.


Hoover Education Success Initiative (HESI)

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