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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.

Published Articles & Media

Screenshot of ST Math game

What It Takes to Actually Improve Math Education

Repetitive practice lies at the heart of mastery of almost every discipline, and mathematics is no exception.
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Taking Stock After 30 Years of Charter Schools

This year was the first time in many years that, for whatever reason, the White House did not issue a proclamation for National Charter Schools Week.
People hold up signs during a rally against "critical race theory" being taught in schools. The rally was at the Loudoun County Government center in Leesburg, Virginia on June 12, 2021.

On Critical Race Theory in the Classroom, Idaho Makes More Sense Than Oklahoma

Legislators do well when they consciously echo the provisions of the Civil Rights Act that have been brushed aside in the excesses of anti-racist education.
Kid sitting on a tube in the snow

End Snow Days by Switching to Remote? Not So Fast.

District leaders may be tempted, but students, parents may be ill-served.
Third grader Madison Cortes, right, reads off math problems to classmates on zoom while teacher Maria Mirkovic looks on at Christa McAuliffe School in Jersey City, N.J., Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Getting Ed-Tech Wrong Would Be a Bitter Pandemic Legacy

Bad ed-tech habits that formed during the shutdown risk compromising instruction and even slowing the return to school next fall.
Wade Eyerly

There’s Insurance for Homes or Cars—Why Not College Degrees?

Entrepeneur offers colleges a way to guarantee their graduates' future income
Illustration depicting the difference between equality and equity

When Does Educational Equity Become Educationally Unethical?

"The push for equity stumbles into a truly gruesome place when educators are being trained or directed to shortchange some students based on how they look or where they live."
Jim Balfanz

City Year CEO on Supporting Students Through the Pandemic

Monitoring chats, and making sure students are showing up and signing on.
A rural school house

What’s It Take for Philanthropy to Help Rural Schools?

Building trust, measuring impact informally may work in other places, too.

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