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Jay is a senior research fellow for education policy at The Heritage Foundation.

Published Articles & Media

Book cover of The Quick Fix

The Fix Is In

A skeptical look at “the oracle of social science”
Book cover of "Higher Expectations" by Derek Bok.

The Purposes of Higher Education

In Bok’s view, shaping character is paramount

The Finlandization of New Orleans

Learning from the Big Easy’s success story is not so easy

What Do Education Reform Failures Have in Common?

Education is like parenting — the correct approaches are highly context-specific.
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Boston Charter Study Tells Story About Limits of Test Scores

“It is all too common for researchers to misinterpret the policy implications of these experiments, even when they are properly conducted.”

New Studies Show Benefits of Arts-Focused Field Trips

Students taking part in multiple arts-focused field trips showed improved school engagement, higher test scores, and increased tolerance.

Education Reform’s Deep Blue Hue

Are school reformers right-wingers or centrists — or neither?

What I Teach In My Honors Seminar on B.S.

Too many social scientists, too few truths to discover

Texting Nudges Harm Degree Completion

Students randomly assigned to receive texts to remind them to complete the FAFSA while they are seniors in high school are significantly less likely to complete an AA or BA degree.

Narrow STEM Focus In Schools May Hurt Long-Term

New research by David Deming and Kadeem Noray finds that students who major in STEM fields initially experience elevated salaries and rates of employment, but the skills their occupations require change so rapidly that their training quickly becomes obsolete.

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