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Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: All About AP

with Michael J. Petrilli, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks with Hoover Institution fellow Checker Finn and Andrew Scanlan about their new book on the past, present, and future of Advanced Placement.

In the News

U.S. Colleges Face Tough Choice: Take Money From China And Lose Federal Funding

quoting Hoover Institutionvia NBC News
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Critics worry that Beijing uses Confucius Institutes to promote Communist Party propaganda on U.S. college campuses — but not everyone agrees.

In the News

Even Educators Are Special Interests: Research Shows Academia's Blind Spots

quoting Terry M. Moevia The Hill
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Despite its annoying virtue signaling, with free buttons saying “Respect,” “I Am Political Science,” and offering one’s third-person pronoun of choice, the American Political Science Association remains my favorite academic conference, and not just for the free beer at receptions.


Chester Finn Jr.: The Fast Track To College

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Mind Matters Podcast
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Chester Finn talks about the history of AP, where it’s going, and where kids may encounter difficulties.


Why Has AP Succeeded When So Many Other Reforms Have Failed?

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Andrew Scanlanvia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

American K–12 education is awash in reforms, nostrums, interventions, silver bullets, pilot programs, snake oil peddlers, advocates, and crusaders, not to mention innumerable private foundations that occasionally emerge from their endless cycles of strategic planning to unload their latest brainstorms upon the land. Yet when subjected to close scrutiny, not much actually “works”—and at the high school level practically nothing seems to. Sometimes the flaw was in the conception itself, sometimes in the implementation, oftentimes in the peerless ability of a vast, entrenched, bureaucratic system to repel, besiege, and ultimately tame or expel disruptive innovations of all sorts.

Analysis and Commentary

How Two Personalized Learning Models Accelerate The Progress Of Their High-Achieving Students

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Last week, we examined how Wildflower and Rocketship ensure that their efforts to tailor instruction to individual kids don’t end up lowering the bar for their struggling students. Both schools are fully committed to making sure all of their charges meet academic standards so they are well prepared for life and further learning. They just don’t think students should have to march through the curriculum in lock-step.

In the News

This Week’s ESSA News: Looking For Vendors With Proof Of Effectiveness, How ESSA Is Changing State Testing, Which States Are Making Student Well-Being A Priority & More

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia The 74 Million
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Fordham Institute’s Michael Petrilli has been “trying to make sense of the sizable gains made by America’s lowest-performing students and kids of color that coincided with the peak of the modern education reform movement.” He finishes up his series on this topic in this Sept. 9 Education Next piece by “offering some personal reflections on what we’ve learned,” recapping “the facts,” and acknowledging “the vast amount of ground yet to cover.”


Hayward And Yoo: The Free Speech Crisis On Our Campuses

by Steven Hayward, John Yoovia Broad And Liberty
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Want to fight administrative bias and cowardice at schools like Penn and Villanova? Speak out and stop donating.

In the News

Not All Gifted Children Are From Affluent Families

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

All of us understand why so many discussions about K-12 education center on bringing low-achieving students up to speed. How could they not? Despite massive increases in school spending over the past half-century, the U.S. Department of Education reports that nearly two-thirds of our youngsters score below the proficient level on national reading tests, and large socioeconomic disparities persist. 

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How Not To Teach American History

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The importance of civics in American education


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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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