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Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: The Impact Of Education Savings Accounts In Arizona

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, September 23, 2019

Matt Beienburg, the Director of Education Policy at the Goldwater Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the impact of education savings accounts as a school choice option in Arizona.

In the News

Raghuram Rajan’s Business Book Shortlisted For Major Prize

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia Eastern Eye
Friday, September 20, 2019

A book by Raghuram Rajan, a former governor of the Reserve Bank of India and tipped by some as a possible successor to Mark Carney at the Bank of England, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2019. The Third Pillar: The Revival of Community in a Polarised World (William Collins UK), by Rajan, 56, currently a Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, is one of six titles in the running for the £30,000 prize.

In the News

“Intense Democracy”: How Two Academics Are Trying To Break The Outrage Cycle

quoting Larry Diamondvia Vanity Fair
Thursday, September 19, 2019

There’s a story famous among pollsters involving George Bishop, a University of Cincinnati political scientist. Almost four decades ago, Bishop, an expert in public opinion research who passed away earlier this year, devised an experiment to unleash on the American electorate. In a series of surveys, he asked a sample of people their opinion on whether the Public Affairs Act of 1975 should be repealed. Roughly a third of respondents offered a firm opinion one way or another. This was suspicious enough.

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In the News

Classes For The College Contrarian: The Comprehensive Guide To Getting More Out Of Stanford

mentioning Michael McConnell, John B. Taylorvia The Stanford Review
Saturday, September 21, 2019

The flexible nature of a liberal arts education is both a blessing and a curse; for the most part, Stanford students can pursue their interests in peace, avoiding the politicized classrooms that have become so ubiquitous on college campuses. The downside, however, is that it can be hard to navigate course selection without some guidance.


Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: All About AP

with Michael J. Petrilli, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks with Hoover Institution fellow Checker Finn and Andrew Scanlan about their new book on the past, present, and future of Advanced Placement.

In the News

U.S. Colleges Face Tough Choice: Take Money From China And Lose Federal Funding

quoting Hoover Institutionvia NBC News
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Critics worry that Beijing uses Confucius Institutes to promote Communist Party propaganda on U.S. college campuses — but not everyone agrees.

In the News

Even Educators Are Special Interests: Research Shows Academia's Blind Spots

quoting Terry M. Moevia The Hill
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Despite its annoying virtue signaling, with free buttons saying “Respect,” “I Am Political Science,” and offering one’s third-person pronoun of choice, the American Political Science Association remains my favorite academic conference, and not just for the free beer at receptions.


Chester Finn Jr.: The Fast Track To College

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Mind Matters Podcast
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Chester Finn talks about the history of AP, where it’s going, and where kids may encounter difficulties.


Why Has AP Succeeded When So Many Other Reforms Have Failed?

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Andrew Scanlanvia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

American K–12 education is awash in reforms, nostrums, interventions, silver bullets, pilot programs, snake oil peddlers, advocates, and crusaders, not to mention innumerable private foundations that occasionally emerge from their endless cycles of strategic planning to unload their latest brainstorms upon the land. Yet when subjected to close scrutiny, not much actually “works”—and at the high school level practically nothing seems to. Sometimes the flaw was in the conception itself, sometimes in the implementation, oftentimes in the peerless ability of a vast, entrenched, bureaucratic system to repel, besiege, and ultimately tame or expel disruptive innovations of all sorts.

Analysis and Commentary

How Two Personalized Learning Models Accelerate The Progress Of Their High-Achieving Students

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Last week, we examined how Wildflower and Rocketship ensure that their efforts to tailor instruction to individual kids don’t end up lowering the bar for their struggling students. Both schools are fully committed to making sure all of their charges meet academic standards so they are well prepared for life and further learning. They just don’t think students should have to march through the curriculum in lock-step.


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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