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Analysis and Commentary

How To Get Schools To Use Practices That Work

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Before the holiday break, I wrote a series of posts discussing how we might turn the “End of Education Policy” (as I see it) into a Golden Age of Educational Practice. It’s time to pick up where I left off. To be honest, much of what I published in late 2018 amounted to throat-clearing, a warm-up before the main event.

Analysis and Commentary

Rekindling Moral Education: A Worthy Challenge For Schools Of Choice

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Late December brought not one but two excellent disquisitions on moral education, both the importance of rekindling an emphasis on it in American schools and some thoughtful advice as to how to go about it. Each does a nice job of explaining why such rekindling is needed at this time—though unless you’re completely off the grid you already know why: not so much because of troubles with private morality (teenage pregnancy rates are down, etc.) but because of manifest failures in the public and semi-public squares: with honesty, integrity, and trustworthiness, both on the part of elected officials and in the small venues where we observe an excess of selfishness, cheating, laziness, and willingness to be a burden on others.

In the News

Students In Washington’s Charter Schools And Public Schools Learn At Similar Rates, Stanford Report Finds

quoting Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia The Seattle Times
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The study is the first in-depth analysis of student performance for the state's young charter school network, which was granted more stable legal footing by a state Supreme Court ruling in 2018.

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Can Higher Education Be Saved?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Universities are expensive engines of propaganda and intolerance, and many non-academics are offering scholarly material free online.

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Silas Palmer Fellow Examines 20th Century Monetary Aid in China

Thursday, December 20, 2018

China, throughout the 20th century, experienced uncertainty and revolution that resulted in radical changes in government. During this time, China also experienced frequent natural disasters (floods and earthquakes) and famines. The effect of these disasters on China’s large population was devastating; people perished, lost their crops, had their houses destroyed, and fled from their homes. 

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In the News

Education 20/20 Series With: Mona Charen & Ramesh Ponnuru

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted "Education 20/20 Series with: Mona Charen & Ramesh Ponnuru" on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST.

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In the News

It's The Phonics, Stupid

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Patriot Post
Monday, January 7, 2019

Nothing imperils our nation’s future more than our education system. A reasonably educated populace would have little use for orchestrated polarization, gutter-mouth politics, the cultural sewage that passes for popular entertainment, and the complete abandonment of decency, decorum, and common sense that is now the norm. Nothing reinforces that norm more effectively than raising a nation of American students who cannot read.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Who Benefits From Redshirting?

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, January 7, 2019

Many parents choose to wait an extra year before enrolling a child in elementary school, a practice known as redshirting. Does this practice benefit the children who are held back? This week, Paul E. Peterson talks with Phillip Cook of Duke University, the co-author of a new study on the impact of delayed entry on student achievement.

Analysis and Commentary

Districts Should Start Fresh On School Discipline Reform In The New Year

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Friday, January 4, 2019

For the new year to bring a new politics to America—one marked by a pragmatic search for solutions, with good ideas from left, right, and center—it’s going to have to come from the bottom up, far away from the Washington outrage machine. A good place to start would be the contentious challenge of school discipline.

Analysis and Commentary

Deconstructing Teacher Turnover

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, January 3, 2019

During the news lull between Christmas and New Years, the Wall Street Journal published an alarmist piece about the high rate of teachers and other public educators quitting their jobs. Reporters Michelle Hackman and Erick Morath examined Labor Department data on employee turnover during the first ten months of 2018 and found that educators were exiting at the rate of 83 per 10,000 per month, which would work out to almost one in ten over the course of a full year.

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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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