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Analysis and Commentary

Andy Matuschak On Books And Learning

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, August 5, 2019

Software Engineer Andy Matuschak talks about his essay "Why Books Don't Work" with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Matuschak argues that most books rely on transmissionism, the idea that an author can share an idea in print and the reader will absorb it. And yet after reading a non-fiction book, most readers will struggle to remember any of the ideas in the book. Matuschak argues for a different approach to transmitting ideas via the web including different ways that authors or teachers can test for understanding that will increase the chances of retention and mastery of complex ideas.


Michael Petrilli: Is It Time To Reform Discipline Reform?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Gadfly Show Podcast
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses school discipline reform in America, and the new Fordham study of educators’ views on the issue.

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Newly Acquired Russian Periodicals Come to Hoover

Thursday, August 1, 2019

As curator, I have seen some spectacular collections come into the Hoover Archives. But only Petrie’s words could relay my feelings when I opened a newly delivered box that had arrived in the mail containing the slender bound volume containing several issues of ...

In the News

5 Real Solutions For The Troubled Cities Democrats Helped Cripple

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Federalist
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Democrats have run America's most dangerous cities for decades. They have no answers. Here are five solutions to fix the problems Democrat policies made worse.

Analysis and Commentary

Teachers Get Real About Discipline Reform

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Last December, a headline in Chalkbeat announced the end of a contentious two-year debate among school discipline reformers and other ed-policy aficionados: “It’s official: DeVos has axed Obama discipline guidelines meant to reduce suspensions of students of color.”

Analysis and Commentary

The Federal Charter Schools Program: A Short, Opinionated History, Part II

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Clinton entered the Oval Office in January 1993 primed to develop his own version of a federal program to advance the national education goals and eager to include public-school versions of choice in that plan. Congress was still in Democratic hands. (That would change two years later.) The key Senate Democrat was already charter-receptive. So, drawing on long experience as governor of South Carolina, was education secretary Richard Riley. And so was the Democratic Leadership Council, which helped craft Clinton’s education plan.

In the News

California’s Proposed K-12 Ethnic Studies Curriculum: Indoctrination Not Instruction

quoting Williamson M. Eversvia Independent Women's Forum
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

California is rolling out a new “Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum,” and “It’s as bad as you imagine,” writes Williamson M. Evers in his latest Wall Street Journal opinion column.

In the News

Survey: Teachers Are Conflicted About The Role Of Suspensions

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Education Week
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Many teachers think out-of-school suspensions are racially biased and can be harmful to students—but many still claim they have a role in controlling student behavior, with about half of teachers saying that schools should suspend students more often, a new study finds. 


California Wants To Teach Your Kids That Capitalism Is Racist

by Williamson M. Eversvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 29, 2019

A new model curriculum for ‘ethnic studies’ is a handbook for classroom propagandizing.

Analysis and Commentary

Tyler Cowen's Failed Critique Of Cuts In State Funding

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, July 29, 2019

While I was on vacation up at my cottage in Canada, Tyler Cowen wrote a piece on the Bloomberg site that made a case for not cutting taxpayer subsidies to Alaska’s universities.


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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