Month: February 2020

What We’re Watching: Match Charter School Shares Its Curriculum – by Education Next

Match Charter School, a high-performing preK-12 school in Boston, is making its curriculum available to teachers everywhere through Match Fishtank. The courses available for download so far are 7th grade English, 7th grade math, and 9th grade English. The website explains These materials have been developed and curated by our teachers and curriculum experts over many years. At ...

The Mixed Blessings of Education Technology – by Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Last month, The Economist ran a terrific combination feature and editorial on educational technology and how, properly deployed, it can transform the old Prussian model of schooling that most of the world has followed since the eighteenth century. It seems that fascination with the potential of technology to improve education has been around at least since psychologist Sidney P...

In the News: Could the Dip Be a Blip? – by Education Next

In U.S. News, Rick Hess and Amy Cummings take a close look at the decline in support for charter schools found in last week’s EdNext poll. The write The public supported charters by a narrow 39-36 margin, a precipitous drop in support from 2016’s hefty 51-28 margin (with double-digit declines in support among both Democrats and Republicans). After considering many p...

Talking HBO and School Reform – by Frederick Hess

While I was on blog break in August finishing Letters to a Young Education Reformer, HBO host John Oliver did a segment making fun of charter schools. The result? A large swath of the education policy world lost it. It was like Bill Clinton and the Loch Ness Monster had crashed a Trump rally. Some folks were livid, others were elated. (Robert Pondiscio had the best take on the ...

School Choice Boosts Test Scores by Patrick J. Wolf

Private school choice remains a controversial education reform.  Choice programs, involving school vouchers, tax-credit scholarships, or Education Savings Accounts (ESAs), provide financial support to families who wish to access private schooling for their child.  Once declared dead in the U.S. by professional commentators such as Diane Ravitch and Greg Anrig, there are now 50 ...

EdNext Podcast: Is College Remediation a Barrier or a Boost? – by Education Next

An associate professor of higher education at Boston College, Angela Boatman, joins Education Next Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss new research that investigates the effectiveness of two Tennessee policies that offered alternatives to traditional remediation requirements for college math. Listen to the podcast now. Her article, “Is College Remediation a Barrier or B...

Free College Is Now Here … Really – by Steve Klinsky

Something important happened in the field of education this month. For the first time ever, any student anywhere can take top-quality courses online in every major freshman college subject, taught by professors from the most prestigious universities, that lead to full academic credit at 2,900 traditional colleges, such as Purdue, Penn State, Colorado State and the University o...