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Interviews

Michael Petrilli: Are Our Elementary Schools Ready For "Personalized Pacing"?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses what it would mean for elementary schools to implement personalized learning.

Analysis and Commentary

Ending Poverty As We've Known (And Measured) It?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A big surprise—and mountain of confusion—is coming to everyone who cares about educating poor kids, not to mention every policy wonk in the K–12 realm. The definition of “poor” and “disadvantaged” is in flux for the first time in my decades of engagement with K–12 education, and the outcome is going to be a prolonged period of instability and inconsistency. 

Hearing on the Long Arm of China
In the News

History Matters: A Fellow Makes Sense Of China’s Present Through Its Past

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Glenn Tiffert, a Visiting Fellow, is among a new breed of historians who are marshalling digital technologies and the tools of data science to probe the past.  A specialist on twentieth-century China, he received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at the University of Michigan...

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In the News

Disadvantaged Schools Don’t Need Smaller Classes—They Need Better Teachers

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Quartz
Monday, June 11, 2018

Great teachers have a huge impact on kids. Research has shown that students with highly effective teachers (those in the 90th percentile) learn 1.5 years’ worth of material in a year, while students with teachers in the 10th percentile learn just half a years’ worth of material in the same period. “No other attribute of schools comes close to having this much influence on student achievement,” Eric Hanushek, an economist at Stanford University, told the Economist.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Effects Of Public And Private School On Adult Life

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, June 11, 2018

Are graduates of private schools as active in the public sphere as graduates of public schools? David Sikkink, an associate professor of sociology at Notre Dame, finds that when it comes to volunteering and charitable giving, graduates of private religious schools are more likely to be engaged.

In the News

Did Easier Tests Cost Normandy Students The Right To Transfer?

mentioning Paul E. Petersonvia St. Louis Today
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

On Dec. 1, 2017, the Missouri State Board of Education went into a closed session and ousted Commissioner Margie Vandeven. Yet that wasn’t the only controversial decision that day. In a unanimous vote, the board decided to classify the Normandy Schools Collaborative as provisionally accredited. That move meant that thousands of students lost the right to transfer to higher-performing schools. Now it seems that vote was made without all of the facts.

In the News

Notre Dame To Establish New American Home For Solzhenitsyn Research

mentioning Michael S. Bernstamvia Notre Dame News
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

In 2018 — the centenary of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s birth and the 40th anniversary of his prophetic Harvard commencement address — the University of Notre Dame will launch several initiatives connected to the work of this novelist, critic of Communism and 1970 Nobel laureate for literature. Through his writing on the system of forced labor camps in the Soviet Union, Solzhenitsyn brought worldwide awareness to the devastating core of totalitarianism.

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: The Challenges Faced By America’s High-Achieving, Low-Income Students

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli and Tim Daly, a founding partner of EdNavigator, discuss how we can better serve high-achieving, low-income students.

Analysis and Commentary

Self-Discipline: Yet Another Catholic School Advantage

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

How does self-discipline develop? Certainly it comes in part from institutions of civil society such as home, family, and church. But schools can make a difference too, and over the years Catholic schools—the largest provider of private education in the United States—have been particularly committed to the development of sound character, including the acquisition of self-discipline.

Analysis and Commentary

Seven Do's And Don't's Of School Discipline Reform

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

It seems likely that the Trump administration will soon revise or rescind an Obama-era directive intended to address racial disparities in school disciplinary actions. The "Dear Colleague" letter in question, issued by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice in 2014, has been the subject of much debate. 

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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.

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