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Analysis and Commentary

New American Schools: A Short, Opinionated History, Part I

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Educators and ed reformers have long been tantalized by the dream of “reinventing” the school. “If only we could break away from this industrial-style arrangement,” goes the usual refrain, “with its boxy classrooms, batch-processed students, and rigid bell schedule, and create totally different schools that are better suited to modern times and to children’s needs.”

In the News

Should Elite Schools End Legacy Admissions?

quoting Darrell Duffievia Chicago Booth Review
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The recent scandal of rich and famous people buying places for their children at elite colleges has led to a renewed public conversation about the system of legacy preference in admissions at many top US universities.

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Brown V. Board Of Education, 65 Years Later

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 6, 2019
Are children today getting the schooling they deserve?

The National Affairs Podcast: Adam J. White On Antonin Scalia

interview with Adam J. Whitevia National Affairs
Monday, May 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses the moral vision of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia. White explains the enduring nature of that vision, and its potential to rejuvenate legal education.

In the News

Eliot Society Members Come Together To Honor University’s Achievements

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia Washington Univ, St. Louis
Monday, May 6, 2019

The William Greenleaf Eliot Society held its 52nd annual dinner April 18 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in honor of Washington University in St. Louis’ group of committed supporters. Eliot Society members generously give to the university and lead in supporting the annual fund. Members help the university address a broad range of critical needs including scholarships, student assistance programs, educational resources and faculty development. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: A Different Desegregation Story In Boston

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, May 6, 2019

For over 50 years, a limited number of black students living in Boston have been able to enroll in schools in the suburbs as part of the METCO program, run by the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity. Charles Glenn sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss who benefits from the program and whether it distracts from larger issues related to urban schools.

In the News

More Than Half Of Americans Think Teachers Ill-Equipped To Handle Disruptive Students

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Education Dive
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Americans are split on whether they think educators have the skills to handle discipline issues in the classroom, according to new Gallup data released Wednesday.
Analysis and Commentary

Discipline Doves Hassle Charters, Too

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Thursday, May 2, 2019

I’m a confirmed school-discipline hawk. I believe that the first obligation of schools is to keep kids safe and their second obligation is to create and preserve a calm environment in which those who want to learn are able to do so with minimal interruption. While I may understand and even empathize with the travails and demons that cause other kids to disrupt that environment, it is nonetheless the school’s responsibility—if it cannot speedily and durably solve the problem within its classrooms—to put the disrupters somewhere else. Period.

In the News

No-Excuses Charter Schools Told: No Excuse For High Suspensions

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Should charters have to compromise high standards for student behavior?

Analysis and Commentary

Federal Education Research And Development: A Brief, Opinionated History

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Half a century has passed since I first fell through the looking glass into the peculiar world of federal education research and development.


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.

CREDO at Stanford University