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Frederick Hess, AEI's director of education policy studies, is an educator, political scientist, author, and popular speaker and commentator. He has authored such influential books as Spinning Wheels, Revolution at the Margins, and Common Sense School Reform. A former public high school social studies teacher, he has also taught education and policy at universities including Georgetown, Harvard, Rice, the University of Virginia, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is executive editor of Education Next, a faculty associate with Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, and serves on the board of directors for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and on the review board for the Broad Prize in Urban Education. At AEI, Mr. Hess addresses a range of K-12 and higher education issues.

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Covid-19 Has Capsized the Case Against School Choice

During the past six months, it's become clear that what this universal, public system actually guarantees is a lot less than we imagined.
Antonin Scalia (left) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, Betsy DeVos, and the Rage Gene

Disagreement is not a sign of an adversary's moral bankruptcy
Joe Biden speaks at a campaign stop in Hampton, N.H.

What a Democratic Sweep This Fall Would Mean for Education

"The most momentous education election in American history."
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Reimagining Civic Education for the Digital Age

"Justice O'Connor and video games may seem an odd couple, but she bought in."
President Clinton addresses the National Education Summit in Palisades, N.Y., Wednesday March 27, 1996.

Civics Education Needs More Social-Emotional Learning, Less Existential Angst

I wonder whether the enthusiasm for civics instruction that emphasizes end-times pageantry is a symptom of our problems—and a recipe for aggravating them.

The Key to Getting Hybrid Schooling Right

“Unpack and rethink what we’re asking educators to do.”

Jeb Bush: “My View Is the Schools Have To Open”

“Staying quarantined is not an option,” says the former Florida governor.

Senator Lamar Alexander on the Response to the Coronavirus

“Washington usually messes it up if they get involved, the way they did with Common Core.”

Iconic Teacher Leader on Coronavirus Response

"Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

“Preparing for a Second Wave of Shutdowns in the Fall”

“Video games are an amazing tool for education,” Microsoft education executive says

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