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Why Choice Improves Public Education

featuring Milton Friedmanvia PolicyEd
Thursday, July 8, 2021

Granting parents the freedom to send their children to the schools of their choice increases academic achievement and levels the playing field for more students.


An Improved Forecast For The NAEP Reading Assessment

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, July 8, 2021

The prolonged fracas within and far beyond the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) concerning a new “framework” for NAEP’s future assessment of reading has been ominous on several fronts—as I haven’t hesitated to say. But the past few weeks have markedly improved the situation to the point that a reasonable and viable consensus is coming into view.

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Critical Race Math Education Violates The Standard Principles Of Science

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, July 6, 2021

California’s new math proposal, which blends current ideas in social justice and antiracist thought with mathematics instruction, is a culturally driven agenda that will almost certainly fail those whom it is intended to help. The proposal, whose curriculum focuses on “social inequities” using “trauma-informed pedagogies,” provides no compelling arguments for why this approach will be better than traditional math education.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: How School Closures Translated Into Learning Losses

interview with Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, July 5, 2021

The Director of the ifo Center for the Economics of Education, Ludger Woessmann, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Woessmann’s new research, which investigates the long-term economic effects of student learning loss during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Philadelphia Freedom

interview with H. R. McMaster, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Thursday, July 1, 2021

Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster revisits his introduction to Independence Day as a Philadelphia native.

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Unshackled: Freeing America’s K–12 Education System

via Fellow Talks
Monday, June 28, 2021

The Hoover Institution Press presents a discussion of the recent publication Unshackled: Freeing America’s K–12 Education System with authors Clint Bolick and Kate J. Hardiman, joined by Hoover Senior Fellow Chester E. Finn, Jr., on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm PT | 4:00 pm ET.

Analysis and Commentary

Will The Increase In Homeschooling Continue After The End Of The Pandemic? Should Homeschooling Be More Tightly Regulated?

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Monday, June 28, 2021

An assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, Daniel Hamlin, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the Conference on the Post-Pandemic Future of Homeschooling, which was recently hosted over seven weeks by the Program on Education Policy and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Analysis and Commentary

Five pandemic-era education practices that deserve to be dumped in the dustbin

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, June 24, 2021

A crisis like a pandemic can spark unpredictable changes in trends and behavior, like widespread mask wearing in the United States. But it also can accelerate changes that were already underway but otherwise would have taken root much more slowly. For example, working remotely was a relative rarity in early 2020; now many organizations may never again expect all employees in the office five days a week. 

Analysis and Commentary

Proof that it’s possible to approach civics and U.S. history in a balanced way

by David Griffith, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, June 24, 2021

Is America a racist country? Or the greatest nation on earth? Or both or neither or some of each?

Matters of Policy & Politics
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Matters Of Policy & Politics: The Post-Heart Attack Governor

interview with Lee Ohanian, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Monday, June 28, 2021

Should he survive a recall election later this year, would California Governor Gavin Newsom preside more cautiously, having survived the political near-death experience, or push even harder to the left?


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