Month: January 2018

Hey Alexa, Can You Help Kids Learn More? – by Michael B. Horn

Kenneth Eastwood is thinking about the future. That’s how he frames his role as superintendent of the Enlarged City School District of Middletown, New York, delegating much of the day-to-day work of running a high-poverty turnaround district of 6,800 students to look ahead and concentrate on the big picture. “My office is always planning for 5 to 10 years down the road,” he sai...

What We’re Watching: What Will the 2016 Election Mean for Education? – by Education Next

  On Wednesday, November 10 at 8:45 am, AEI will hold a panel discussion on how the results of the election will affect federal and state education policies. VectorOpenStock The participants include: Jason D. Delisle, AEI David French, National Review Frederick M. Hess, AEI Alyson Klein, Education Week Gerard Robinson, AEI Scott Sargrad, Center for American Progress Andy ...

Education Myth-Busting in the Age of Fake News – by Jay P. Greene

“You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones!”: And 18 Other Myths About Teachers, Teachers Unions, and Public Education by William Ayers, Crystal Laura, and Rick Ayers Beacon Press, 2018, $16.00; 250 pages As reviewed by Jay P. Greene Having written a “myths” book myself, I am keenly aware of the danger inherent in the exercise—after all, how can readers really know what the evidence supports...

The Main Purpose of Schooling – by Michael McPherson

The Case against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money by Bryan Caplan Princeton University Press, 2018, $29.95; 416 pages. As Reviewed by Michael McPherson Beyond what education contributes to one’s knowledge and skills, it also provides credentials that attest to that experience, signaling to potential employers that a job candidate might possess ce...

Why Is Charter Growth Slowing? – by Robin J. Lake

Since the nation’s first charter-school law was passed in 1991, charter schools throughout the United States have enjoyed steady and relatively rapid growth. Today, they serve more than three million students nationwide—nearly three times as many students as a decade ago. In cities like New Orleans and Detroit, which have especially robust charter sectors, more students attend...

Should Policymakers Make College Free or Better Support Institutions? – by Matthew M. Chingos

Making public higher education tuition-free has gone from a fringe idea to the platform of the Democratic Party in a short period of time. President Obama proposed making community college free in early 2015. Hillary Clinton has augmented that proposal to include four-year colleges for families making up to $125,000.[i] Many Democrats will push for federal action to make colle...