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Alsos Mission Films Now Available For Streaming

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Hoover Archives has digitized and made available several reels of film from the Boris T. Pash papers on its recently revitalized YouTube channel.

California PoliticsFeatured

The Supreme Court’s Union Decision Can Dramatically Improve California’s Education System

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The recent Supreme Court decision on Janus vs. ASFCME ruled that collecting public-sector union fees from employees who are not union members violates their First Amendment rights. The majority opinion interprets public-sector unions as political organizations in which effectively all union activity has significant political implications.

Analysis and Commentary

'Education Runs On Lies'

by Williamson M. Eversvia The Washington Times
Monday, August 27, 2018

Arne Duncan’s memoir of his experience as U.S. secretary of Education under President Barack Obama draws you in because he acknowledges that K-12 education in America is built on a tissue of lies. His opening sentence is: “Education runs on lies.” But all too often he himself falls into misstatements, delusions and omissions of needed facts. Blinders made out of his beliefs block him from facing reality.

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California Flies Blind On Testing: The Troubling Saga Of The State’s ‘Smarter Balanced Test’

by Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

From 1999 to 2013, California had a standard test (STAR – Student Testing And Reporting) to assess our students on California Standards in English Language Arts, Math, the Sciences, and Social Sciences. Within its first few years, the test format stabilized, and for the rest of its life, it remained essentially unchanged -- regularly releasing a fraction of its items to educate the students and parents about the expectations from our students and offering stable longitudinally comparable scaled scores.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Changes In Support For School Choice

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, August 27, 2018

Last year's EdNext poll revealed a sharp drop in support for charter schools. On today's podcast, Paul E. Peterson and Marty West look at the biggest changes in public opinion revealed by the 2018 EdNext poll, some of which relate to charter schools and vouchers.

In the News

Seek ‘Old Books’ For Guidance In Today’s Colleges And Universities

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Hill
Friday, August 24, 2018

With the Fall Semester upon us, football in the air, days getting shorter, and politics becoming ever more raucous, we might ask ourselves: “Why do we have colleges and universities in the first place?”


Rethinking Policy Education: The Summer Policy Boot Camp

Friday, August 24, 2018
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

At the Hoover Institution, the Summer Policy Boot Camp reflects a major rethinking about how to train people to become successful policy leaders. While students may learn about policy issues and analysis in the classroom, some Stanford scholars say that they do not always develop the skills needed after college to deliver policy results in the real world.

Analysis and Commentary

The Perils Of Revising The Common Core

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

For the first decade of Fordham’s existence, starting in 1997, reviewing state academic standards was our bread and butter, but the pattern always seemed to be the same: A few states had done a commendable job of identifying the knowledge and skills—grade by grade—that their students needed to master to be on track for success after high school. But most state standards were horrendous—poorly written, disorganized, incomplete, and replete with dubious ideas.


Paul Peterson On The EdNext Podcast: Results From The 2018 EdNext Poll

interview with Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Peterson talks about the results of the 2018 Education Next poll.

In the News

How Do You Get Better Schools? Take The State To Court, More Advocates Say

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The New York Times
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

By his own account, Alejandro Cruz-Guzman’s five children have received a good education at public schools in St. Paul. His two oldest daughters are starting careers in finance and teaching. Another daughter, a high-school student, plans to become a doctor.


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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