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Analysis and Commentary

The Testing Devil We Know Or...?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tom Vander Ark is a very smart guy who cares deeply about education, has wide-ranging experience in it (including service as a district superintendent), and knows far more about technology than I do. I like and respect and often agree with him. And perhaps the grand, arguably utopian, scheme he is proposing by which to “end a century of standardized testing” can one day come to pass.


Striking Teachers Unions And Reforming Nevada Labor Law

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Las Vegas Review-Journal
Saturday, April 13, 2019

There is strike talk in the air from the Clark County Education Association. The bone of contention is what nationwide typically pits teachers unions against local school boards and politicians. The teachers want higher pay and better working conditions.

In the News

Haven’t We Learned Our School Spending Lesson?

mentioning Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Patriot Post
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Here’s a perspective check for you: When I first came to Washington, D.C., more than 50 years ago, the big question when it came to schools was “Should the federal government have any role in financing education?”


Michael Petrilli & Chester Finn Jr.: Is Checker Going Soft On “Social And Emotional Learning”?

interview with Michael J. Petrilli, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Gadfly
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellows Michael Petrilli and Chester Finn discuss with David Griffith, his new paper with Rick Hess, how the social and emotional learning movement can avoid going off the rails.

Analysis and Commentary

David Davenport: Campus Politics Are More Dangerous Than Bribes

by David Davenportvia Townhall Review
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Parents paying to get their children into elite colleges has shocked the nation. Meanwhile, a more prevalent and more insidious problem—campus politics and intolerance—goes unnoticed.


The Corruption Continuum

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Fordham Institute
Thursday, April 11, 2019

I’m as appalled and disgusted as anyone over the Varsity Blues admissions scandal, and it’s fine with me if those parents end up in prison. But I also worry about hypocrisy. So many of us now throwing up our hands in outrage have tiptoed in our own ways onto a continuum at the far end of which is the bribery and conspiracy that’s recently been revealed.

In the News

Achievement Gap Between Rich And Poor Is Unchanged After 50 Years, Study Says

quoting Eric Hanushekvia EdWeek
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

She spoke while on a panel organized by the Hoover Institution on the study. ... the study's co-author and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Students Attending Elite Universities And Colleges Are Attracted To Socialism

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The newest categories of students receiving preferential admission at elite universities and colleges are First Generation (households in which one or both parents did not attend college) and Low Income (households that cannot afford the cost of tuition and fees). FG students make up as much as 20% of admissions and LI up to 27%.

In the News

Achievement Gap Between Rich And Poor Public School Students Unchanged Over 50 Years

quoting Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Reason
Monday, April 8, 2019

Half a century of trying hasn't closed one of schooling's most vexing achievement gaps. According to a new paper, the gap in educational achievement between public school students in the bottom 10th socioeconomic status (SES) percentile and those in the top 90th SES percentile has remained essentially unchanged over the last 50 years.

In the News

Testing Policies Are The 'Jim Crow Of Education,' Association President Suggests

mentioning Eric Hanushekvia Education Dive
Monday, April 8, 2019

Dramatizing the range of emotions students feel toward standardized testing, members of the Epic Theater Ensemble, based in New York City, opened the presidential address at this year’s American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference with a strong statement against the role of testing in education.


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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