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The Flurry Of Civic Education Bills In State Legislatures Is Not The Real Solution

by David Davenportvia The Washington Examiner
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

To read the headlines, you would think all state legislatures are doing is passing voting rights laws. But look again and you’ll find that some 34 states have been considering 88 bills concerning civic education.

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The Education Exchange: “My Father Went Missing During World War II—Or That Was What They Told Me.”

interview with Paul E. Peterson, William Damonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, August 2, 2021

A Professor of Education at Stanford University, William Damon, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Damon’s new book, A Round of Golf with My Father: The New Psychology of Exploring Your Past to Make Peace with Your Present.

Analysis and Commentary

Jonathan Rauch On The Constitution Of Knowledge

interview with Russ Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, August 2, 2021

Journalist and author Jonathan Rauch talks about his book The Constitution of Knowledge with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. People come up with ideas all the time. But the vast majority of these ideas aren't worthwhile. Rauch argues that the constitution of knowledge--the norms and institutions for testing the reliability of new ideas and accumulating knowledge--has been dramatically altered by the internet and social media. 

Analysis and Commentary

Wisconsin Gets An F In Civics, US History

by Michael J. Petrilli, David Griffithvia Wisconsin State Journal
Friday, July 30, 2021

[Registration Required] Since the start of 2021, at least 26 states, including Wisconsin, have moved to restrict the teaching of critical race theory or otherwise limit how teachers can discuss racism and sexism. Yet in many ways, the current debate is a distraction from the real problem: the shocking dearth of U.S. history being taught in many states, districts and schools.

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Matters Of Policy & Politics: A Recall Horse Race?

interview with Lee Ohanian, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Friday, July 30, 2021

The upcoming recall debate and the role of special-interest money in the special election in California.

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2.7 Cheers For The NAEP Reading Framework

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, July 29, 2021

Gadfly habitues have seen me grump, criticize, lament and recently brighten over the protracted fracas that the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) engaged in—and triggered—as it has struggled to revamp the framework that will guide the National Assessment (NAEP) of reading from 2026 onward.

Analysis and Commentary

Abolish School Districts, A New Book Proposes

interview with Paul E. Peterson, Clint Bolickvia The Education Exchange
Monday, July 26, 2021

The 44th Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, Clint Bolick, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Justice Bolick’s book new book, "Unshackled: Freeing America’s K–12 Education System," co-written with Kate J. Hardiman.

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Michael Petrilli: How Districts Are Spending Federal Aid

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses how large school systems are spending their federal pandemic aid dollars.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: How The Education Secretary In Arkansas Kept Schools Open All Year For In-Person Learning

interview with Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, July 19, 2021

The Commissioner the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, Johnny Key, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss how Arkansas has adjusted amid the ongoing challenges of Covid-19, and how the school choice landscape has shifted over the past year.

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Learning To Change: New Takes On Education Reform

featuring Clint Bolick, Kate J. Hardimanvia The Federalist Society
Thursday, July 15, 2021
“Education is America’s great conundrum,” say Clint Bolick and Kate J. Hardiman in their new book, Unshackled: Freeing America’s K-12 Education System.

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