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Analysis and Commentary

The Tragedy Of Modern Academia

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Alternate title: Don Boudreaux explains my motivation in two paragraphs.

In the News

Make College Degrees Valuable Again

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Washington Examiner
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Winter brings closure to millions of high school students filling out college applications. To the best of their ability, they have cemented their steps toward a brighter future. Meanwhile, newspapers will fill those students with the anxiety that college is becoming a Fort Knox, locking the non-worthy out of a sanctuary.

In the News

What Left-Wing Educators Don't Teach During 'Black History Month'

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Townhall
Thursday, February 15, 2018

When will Black History Month be ... history?


The Olympian Challenges Facing America's High Schools

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses what the recent graduation rate scandals say about the state of the American high schools. 

In the News

Is Higher Education Worth It?

mentioning Russell Robertsvia The National Review
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I just finished listening to a particularly excellent episode of EconTalk (my second favorite podcast). Russ Roberts had his old friend Bryan Caplan on to talk about his new book, The Case Against Education, which I've been dipping in and out of in my copious free time. 

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Truth Decay In Education

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The emphasis on “critical thinking” is misplaced. Students need to learn the facts.


Michael Petrilli: Are ELL's Doing Well?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Monday, February 12, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses English language learners. 

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Analysis and Commentary

Bryan Caplan On The Case Against Education

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, February 12, 2018

Bryan Caplan of George Mason University and the author of The Case Against Education talks about the book with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Caplan argues that very little learning takes place in formal education and that very little of the return to college comes from skills or knowledge that is acquired in the classroom.

Analysis and Commentary

Narrowing The Gifted Gap For Disadvantaged Students

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Amber M. Northernvia EducationNext
Friday, February 9, 2018

The United States wastes an enormous amount of its human capital by failing to cultivate the innate talents of many of its young people, particularly high-ability girls and boys from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds. That failure exacts a great cost from the nation’s economy, widens painful gaps in income, frustrates efforts to spur upward mobility, contributes to civic decay and political division, and worsens the inequalities that plague so many elements of our society.


Why We Need State-by-State NAEP Scores For 12th Graders

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Thursday, February 8, 2018

The single best thing that could happen to American education in the next few years would be for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) to begin regularly reporting state-by-state results at the twelfth grade level.


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