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Analysis and Commentary

Lifting School Standards

by Herbert J. Walbergvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Tests are one of the cheapest and most effective means of raising achievement.

SPEAK NO EVIL: Freedom of Speech on Campus

with David Horowitz, Graham Larkinvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, April 15, 2005

According to recent polls, instructors at American universities are overwhelmingly liberal: 72 percent of faculty members describe themselves as liberal, whereas only 15 percent call themselves conservative. Some critics charge that this ideological imbalance has created a code of political correctness that inhibits freedom of inquiry and expression in our universities. Is this true? And if so, what should be done, or can be done, about it? Peter Robinson speaks with David Horowitz and Graham Larkin.

The Politics of Literacy

by David Davenport, Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Policy Review
Friday, April 1, 2005

When reading skills become a national issue

Analysis and Commentary

Judging Charter Schools

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, March 30, 2005

There is no dispute about the charter school movement's growth to 3,300 schools enrolling close to a million children.

Analysis and Commentary

The Burden of Law

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, March 2, 2005

schools today are being strangled by a ton of laws, regulations, contracts, mandates, and rules.

Analysis and Commentary

The Blind Men and the High School

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, February 2, 2005

U.S. high school education remains sorely afflicted, both by sky-high dropout rates and by weak academic achievement among those who do finish.

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Power to the Parents

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Digest
Sunday, January 30, 2005

President Bush should empower parents by giving them a say over where—and how and from whom—their children learn. By Chester E. Finn Jr.

Analysis and Commentary

School Performance Matters

by Eric Hanushekvia Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The performance of students in the United States has remained consistent over the past three decades—dismal.

MAKING THE GRADE: The No Child Left Behind Act

with John E. Chubb, Martin Carnoyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, January 14, 2005

In 2001, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act, a bipartisan effort to mandate national education standards and increase federal funding of education. At the time, critics on both sides of the political spectrum were troubled by the expansion of federal power over education that the act represented and by the education standards the act mandated. Now, nearly half a decade later, has No Child Left Behind been a success? If not, how should it be reformed? Peter Robinson speaks with John E. Chubb and Martin Carnoy.

MONKEY BUSINESS: Evolution and Intelligent Design

with Massimo Pigliucci, Jonathan Wellsvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, January 14, 2005

In October 2004, the school board in the small town of Dover, Pennsylvania, ordered its high school biology teachers to preface classes on evolution with the statement: "Darwin's Theory is a theory not a fact. Gaps in the theory exist for which there is no evidence." As an alternative to evolution, the school board suggested "intelligent design," a theory holding that life on earth could not have developed at random. Are there gaps in the theory of evolution that undermine its credibility? What should we make of "intelligent design"? And just what should we be teaching our children about the development of life on earth? Peter Robinson speaks with Massimo Pigliucci and Jonathan Wells.


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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