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Chester E. Finn, Jr. And Michael Petrilli: Out Of Commission

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellows Checker Finn and Michael Petrilli discuss Finn's experience on Maryland’s Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, and its bold proposals for improving the state’s schools.

Analysis and Commentary

Kirwan And The Sacred Cows

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The long-awaited report of Maryland’s Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education—aka Kirwan Commission—was released last week. I had the honor (and sometimes pleasure) to serve on this body for the past two years as it strove with fair success to develop and recommend a coherent package of bold changes intended to transform K–12 schools in the Old Line State.

In the News

Higher Pay Leads To Smarter Teachers, Global Study Says

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Education Week
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

When teachers have higher cognitive skills, their students perform better academically, according to a new study that compared data from 31 countries.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Florida Tax Credit Scholarships Boost College Enrollment

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Florida Tax Credit (FTC) scholarship program is the nation’s largest private school choice program. A new study finds that students who enroll in private schools through the FTC program are more likely to go to and graduate from college than their public school peers.

Analysis and Commentary

Abraham Lincoln Schools His Peers: American Presidents Ranked By School Names

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Monday, February 18, 2019

With President’s Day at hand, we at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute wondered how many public schools honor our former chief executives with their names—and what that might tell us about which presidents we revere.

Analysis and Commentary

Cowen Interview With Jordan Peterson

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Economist Tyler Cowen recently interviewed Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson. The audio and transcript are here. My three favorite highlights follow. After that, I’ll say what I wish Tyler had asked about.

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The New Nihilism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 18, 2019

The Trump-loathing American left has spiraled out of control.

In the News

Teaching Digital Subjects Alone Won't Close The Skills Gap

quoting Michael Spencevia Forbes
Monday, February 18, 2019

A British MP talked about something other than Brexit the other week. Conservative MP Robert Halfon was speaking up for children’s education and how he wanted to smash up the current exam system to give young people better skills for their future working lives.

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Area 45: Class Warfare—Teachers Go On Strike With Paul Peterson

interview with Paul E. Petersonvia Area 45
Sunday, February 17, 2019

Why have teachers from coast to coast walked out of their classrooms over the past year to go on strike, and what can be done about it?

Analysis and Commentary

Instructional Coaches: The Heroes Of The Golden Age Of Educational Practice

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Friday, February 15, 2019

Whether initiated from the bottom-up or the top-down, any effort to help educators align their practice with the best evidence is going to succeed or fail on the strength of its implementation.


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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