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

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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.

New Field Trip Study

The National Art Education Association and the Association of Art Museum Directors just released a new study examining the effects of student field trips to art museums.

Want More Art Ed? Decentralize School Control

Schools are not more responsive to parent and community preferences regarding the arts because parents and communities no longer really control their schools.

Pre-K Helps Test Scores in Short Run But Hurts Them Later

The hard reality is that the process of human development is complex and highly varied, so we just don’t know the optimal arrangements for all children.

The Gates Effective Teaching Initiative Fails to Improve Student Outcomes

Rand has released its evaluation of the Gates Foundation’s Intensive Partnerships for Effective Teaching initiative and the results are disappointing.

Learning From a Study Abroad Course in Israel

Field trips may be just as important for doctoral training as K-12 education.

A Response to the Authors of “You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones”

One debunks myths with facts, not an alternative narrative.

Providing Computers Does Not Improve College Enrollment, Employment, or Earnings

A new study examines the effects of an experiment in which some community college students received free computers and others did not by lottery.

Education Myth-Busting in the Age of Fake News

A review of “You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones!” by William Ayers, Crystal Laura, and Rick Ayers

The Lives of Others

A central problem with the nudge approach is that we know too little about the lives of others to know with confidence what is good for them or how our nudges will affect their entire lives.

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