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Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Remembering Nathan Glazer

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, January 28, 2019

Nathan Glazer, urban sociologist and scholar of ethnicity, race and education, died recently at the age of 95. On this episode, Peter Skerry, Professor of Political Science at Boston College, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Glazer’s work and the ideas he wrestled with.

Analysis and Commentary

Bad Ideas Are Born In Bad Universities

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, January 28, 2019

In 1726 Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels gave us a brilliant satire of the folly of research divorced from common sense, practicality, and reality. When Gulliver visits the Grand Academy of Lagado, he finds “Projectors” busy with research projects like extracting sunbeams from cucumbers, building houses from the roof down, and converting excrement back to food.

In the News

Why Colleges May Be Chasing The Wrong Numbers To Enroll More Low-Income Students

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia The Chronicle of Higher Education
Friday, January 25, 2019

A new report by a pair of researchers known for their work on low-income students suggests colleges are thinking about serving that group in the wrong way. The findings — from Caroline M. Hoxby, a professor of economics at Stanford University, and Sarah Turner, a professor of economics at the University of Virginia — come at a time when colleges, especially elite ones, have faced increasing public pressure to admit more low-income students.

George W. Bush

George W. Bush

with George W. Bushvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

This week on Uncommon Knowledge President George W. Bush discusses postpresidential life and his work at the Bush Institute. (1:03:21)
“I believe we are a blessed nation; that is, therefore, we have a sense of responsibility to the extent we can to help others. In this case there was a pandemic destroying an entire generation of people. And I didn’t see how I could be president of a powerful, the most powerful, and the richest nation and not lend our support to saving lives. It would have been unconscionable not to act. So I thought it was in our moral interest to act. I also knew it was in our national security interest to act.”

In the News

Colleges Have Been Under Pressure To Admit Needier Kids. It’s Backfiring.

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia The Washington Post
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Pressure has been building on colleges to stop chasing the same small subset of privileged, highly test-prepped applicants and start admitting needier kids. But new research suggests that the particular form this pressure has taken — including popular rankings based on Pell enrollment — has been at least partly backfiring.

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Better Pay for Better Teachers

by Lee Ohanianvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Who really stands in the way of higher pay for teachers? Teachers’ unions.

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Ready, Set, Diverge

by Michael J. Petrillivia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

The journey to college or career should start much earlier than the final years of high school—and include a realistic appraisal of students’ skills and interests.

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Teach Your Children Well

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Schools teach young Americans about their heritage of freedom. Those lessons must include the failures of socialism.

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The Libertarian: Teacher Unions, Strikes, And Public Education

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, January 24, 2019

What the Los Angeles strike tells us about labor’s influence on education policy.


Michael Petrilli: The State Of Choice During National School Choice Week

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses National School Choice Week and the many hopeful developments on the charter schools front nationwide. 


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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