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Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: The Effect Of Information On College Aspirations

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, November 19, 2018

Are parents move likely to want to send their kids to college if they are given accurate information about the costs and benefits of attending college? A new study looks at what happens when parents are given customized information about the cost of going to college and the wage premium for earning a college degree.

In the News

Harvard Business School Conference Marks 10th Anniversary Of 2008 Global Financial Crisis

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia Harvard Business School
Friday, November 16, 2018

On October 29 and 30, Harvard Business School marked the tenth anniversary of the financial crisis that rocked the US and world economies in 2008 with a two-day conference that brought together in Klarman Hall, the School’s new convening center, an extraordinary lineup of experts, many of whom had played key roles in the events that unfolded a decade ago, including former US Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson (MBA 1970); Tim Geithner, then president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Paulson’s successor at Treasury; and Harvard University professor Lawrence Summers, who served as Director of the National Economic Council from 2009 to 2010.

Analysis and Commentary

A Mayor Seeks To Stymie His City’s Only Successful School

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 16, 2018

In struggling New Bedford, Mass., the Alma del Mar charter faces opposition to its expansion plan.


Michael Petrilli: Equity And Access In American High Schools

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas Fordham Institute
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses a recent report on access to rigorous coursework in high school.
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The Libertarian: Why School Choice Matters

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, November 15, 2018

A libertarian defense of educational freedom.

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Analysis and Commentary

The End Of Education Policy

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Almost thirty years ago, in February 1989, the political scientist Francis Fukuyama gave a talk that was later turned into an article that was later turned into a book, with the provocative title, “The End of History?” With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, western-style liberalism had triumphed over Communism, and had already fended off Fascism.

In the News

Developing Skills In University

mentioning Michael Spencevia The Daily Star
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

You arrive at Subarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. After passing immigration you search for the taxi stand. While waiting, you feel hungry. Three vendors are selling pizza. Which vendor do you buy from? You don't know the pizza sellers, and the pizza sellers don't know you. But you want a pizza. All three vendors are calling. What do you do?

Analysis and Commentary

Empowering Teachers Is Necessary But Not Sufficient

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

You’ve seen plenty of comments and speculations on what last week’s election means for K–12 education (or will mean if they ever finish counting the ballots and filing lawsuits.) But not until this week did you see the conclusion by my friend Jay Mathews that education should be left to the teachers and the politicians should butt out.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: KIPP Schools And The Charter Sector Continue To Evolve

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Richard Barth, CEO of the KIPP Foundation, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how the KIPP network is adapting to changes in the charter sector.

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Analysis and Commentary

How A Powerful Woman Limited The Number Of Stanford Women

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, November 8, 2018

After nearly a decade of dedication to coeducation at the university, Mrs. Stanford had become alarmed. Women were a minority at Stanford, but their numbers were surging. If the trend continued, she feared, the university would soon be overwhelmingly female — the “Vassar of the Pacific Coast,” as one early observer put it. “This was not my husband’s wish, nor is it mine, nor would it have been my son’s,” she told the trustees.


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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