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Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill aboard HMS Prince of Wales in 1941
Analysis and Commentary

Winston Churchill's Lasting Legacy

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, July 29, 2019

Andrew Roberts, a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London and the Lehrman Institute Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss his new book, "Churchill: Walking with Destiny," Winston Churchill's lasting impact on Western civilization, and how he is taught today in schools.

In the News

Georgia State Leaders Make Moves To Change Education Standards

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia WTOC
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Georgia parents who had to relearn how to do math to help their kids under Common Core standards may have to learn a new system. This week, Georgia education leaders started the process of repealing and replacing the state’s K-12 education standards.

Michael Petrilli: What Rural Americans Think About Charter Schools

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Gadfly Show
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses how information affects attitudes toward charter schools in rural America.

EducationAnalysis and Commentary

From Top Gun To Culture Wars, California Doesn’t Lack For Sequels

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Proof that there’s no escaping politics: New Jersey senator Cory Booker, one of two dozen Democrats seeking the presidency, crashing this weekend’s Comic-Con International festivities in San Diego; at the same festivities, actor Orlando Bloom and San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer getting into a he-said/he-said over immigration.

One of this year’s Comic-Con highlights was actor Tom Cruise’s surprise appearance, during which he showed footage of the Top Gun sequel he’s been filming in and around San Diego.

Classroom students
Analysis and Commentary

Education Policy Helped These States Beat The Socioeconomic Curve

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Earlier this summer, I presented a hypothesis: that the rapidly improving economic conditions for the country’s poorest families during the 1990s may have been responsible for much of the progress in student achievement we saw in the 2000s. As you can glimpse in the figure below, it appears that significant economic downturns, and upticks, were followed by similar movements on the National Assessment of Educational Progress—about seven years later for fourth grade scores and thirteen years later for eighth grade.

Analysis and Commentary

Widening Excellence Gap

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The ever-vigilant Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has issued a short (two-page!), trenchant issue brief—closer, really, to an infogram—showing how the “excellence gap” in American schools has actually worsened over the past two decades.

Everything Is F***d

by John H. Cochrane
Monday, July 22, 2019

The most hilarious course syllabus I've seen in a while, from Professor Sanjay Srivastava at the University of Oregon.


Eric Hanushek: School Demographics, Teacher Salaries, And The Economics Of Education

interview with Eric Hanushekvia The Federalist
Monday, July 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Eric Hanushek discusses a number of topics including: common misconceptions for improving US schools, the culture war within public schools, the impact of a child’s family life on education, and the correlation between a teacher’s pay and the quality of education.

In the News

Ransomware Attacks Hit Schools, But Experts Question Intent, Whether Trend Affects Arkansas

quoting Herbert Linvia ArkansasOnline
Monday, July 22, 2019

Black-hat hackers are increasingly targeting schools across America. But that could be by accident, say experts in Arkansas, who question whether the trend -- if there is one -- has reached Arkansas. "It's interesting that they're getting down to the schools," said Elizabeth Bowles, president and CEO of Aristotle Unified Communications in Little Rock.

Analysis and Commentary

A Rising Economic Tide + Reform + Resources = Better Results

by Michael J. Petrilli quoting Eric Hanushek, Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia Education Next
Monday, July 22, 2019

Recently, I argued that much of the progress of the No Child Left Behind era may have stemmed from the dramatically declining child poverty rates of the 1990s. But much does not mean all. Other things were happening back then, too, things that deserve at least some of the credit—namely more education reform and more education resources. Let’s look at the evidence for both.


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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