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Analysis and Commentary

Commentary: Move To Trash

by Michael J. Petrillivia RedefinED
Thursday, June 10, 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.

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Students Are Caught In The Crossfire Of US History Wars

by David Davenportvia The Washington Examiner
Monday, June 7, 2021

Even as we draw down troops from lengthy wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we are caught up in cyberwarfare, apparently with the Russians, everywhere from our meat processing plants to our oil pipelines and healthcare systems. In domestic policy, we are still fighting a war on poverty, declared by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, not to mention wars on crime, drugs, terrorism, and, yes, even obesity and cancer, all declared by later presidents.

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The Education Exchange: Redesign High School For Mastery And For Career And College Readiness

by Paul E. Peterson interview with Margaret (Macke) Raymondvia The Education Exchange
Monday, June 7, 2021

A Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute, Macke Raymond, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Raymond’s research on the structural imperfections of high schools, how the Covid-19 pandemic laid bare these problems, and how the high school experience can be improved.

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What’s Going To Happen To The NAEP Reading Test?

by Michael J. Petrilli, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Hoover Institution fellows Chester Finn and Michael Petrilli discuss the current kerfuffle over the NAEP reading assessment.

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Charter Schools At 30: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Mannovia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Today, forty-four states—plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam—have public charter school laws on their statute books, laws that have led to more than 7,500 schools employing 200,000-plus teachers and serving 3.3 million students. 

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Matters Of Policy & Politics: Sweet Home Alabama

interview with Stephen Haber, Bill Whalenvia Matters of Policy & Politics
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The building blocks for a futuristic American state.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: “Dismantling Racism In Mathematics Instruction”

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

A Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, Williamson M. Evers, Ph.D., joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a proposed mathematics curriculum framework in California which, if passed, could stunt student progress in math and halt gifted-and-talented programs.

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The Civic-Education Battles

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, May 30, 2021

Civic education has emerged as a major front in the bitter clash spilling over into many domains between left and right in America. Since the civic-education battles revolve around the nation’s core principles and fundamental character, they may prove the decisive front.

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Don’t let them make you do it, Haley!

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Monday, May 3, 2021

You wouldn’t expect a conservative Republican like former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour to turn into a facsimile of Chairman Xi as muzzler of dissent and monitor of communications, but something of the sort has reared its head at the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB), which Barbour chairs.

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The Common Ground On Race And Education That’s Hiding In Plain Sight

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, May 27, 2021

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is depressed and dispirited by the latest skirmishes in education’s never-ending culture wars—the tussles about critical race theory, “anti-racist” education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom. I’ve got friends and colleagues on both sides of these battles, who hold positions that are both heartfelt and hardening. I am not naïve enough to believe that they are likely to declare a truce anytime soon.

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