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Analysis and Commentary

Ivy-League Schools Wither

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Higher-ed institutions have long ignored merit and squelched freedom, all while failing to educate.


College In Light Of The Bribery Scandal: The Economics Of Admission To An “Elite College”

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Last week, the world of colleges was rocked by a scandal in which some students were alleged to have gained admission to universities including Yale, Wake Forest, and Georgetown, as well as the California campuses of Stanford, USC, and UCLA through $25 million in bribes. This occurred through a complex process that often involved admitting students through athletic channels, in which admissions criteria may be considerably different.

In the News

Student Achievement Gap Unchanged In Nearly 50 Years, Study Says

featuring Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia The Harvard Gazette
Monday, March 18, 2019
But at least it’s not getting wider, say authors, who cite decline in teacher quality as offsetting programs like Head Start.
In the News

For Nearly 50 Years Student Achievement Gap Fails To Close

featuring Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia EducationNext
Monday, March 18, 2019

Differences in the performance on math, reading, and science tests between disadvantaged and advantaged U.S. students have remained essentially unchanged for nearly half a century. In a new article for Education Next, Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson, Laura M. Talpey, and Ludger Woessmann report that the achievement gap is as wide today as it was for children born in 1954.

In the News

No Progress In The Achievement Gap In 50 Years, New Study Says

quoting Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia The Boston Globe
Sunday, March 17, 2019

Despite decades of public education reform efforts, the national achievement gap between low-and high-income students has been stagnant for nearly a half century, according to research at Harvard and Stanford universities set to be published Monday in a new study.

In the News

Charter School Companies Feast At The Public Trough

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via South Florida Sun Sentinel
Friday, March 15, 2019

In the Summer 2015 edition of the conservative magazine National Affairs, two of America’s leading charter school proponents made a striking confession. “We wanted the infusions of capital and entrepreneurialism that accompany the profit motive, but we didn’t take seriously enough the risk of profiteering,” wrote Chester Finn Jr., and Bruno Manno, both former assistant U.S. secretaries of education. They also warned against letting the charter sector “ossify into a conventional interest group.”

Analysis and Commentary

This Week Proved That The Media Still Live In An Upper-Middle-Class Bubble

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Friday, March 15, 2019

I won’t deny that the two big news stories of recent days—the tragic crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet in Ethiopia, and the totally bonkers admissions scandal involving several of America’s elite universities—make for compelling reading. Planes dropping from the sky! Rich celebrities paying bribes! But let’s be honest: Both are also custom-made to strike fear and horror into the hearts of us upper-middle-class Americans. For many of our fellow citizens, they are simply passing curiosities. Yet the national media have covered them 24/7.

In the News

The Leonid Slutsky Collection: A Rare Window On Life In Soviet Penal Colonies

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Leonid Slutsky collection contains a number of personal documents relating to Profesor Slutsky’s ancestors’s careers in the USSR, such as a government-issued ...

Grigorii Sukhov (aka Gregory Soohoff)
In the News

The Grigorii Sukhov Papers: A New Collection In The Hoover Institution Archives

Monday, March 18, 2019

Sukhov (aka Gregory Soohoff) edited and published the San Francisco–based Russian-language newspaper Novaia zaria (or Novaya zarya, 1928–1973). His wife, Matrena, assisted him in this work.


Michael Petrilli And David Griffith: Richard Whitmire Is All About The B.A.

interview with Michael J. Petrilli, David Griffithvia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Richard Whitmire joins Hoover Institution fellow Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss his forthcoming book, The B.A. Breakthrough


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