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Robert Pondiscio


Robert Pondiscio is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on K–12 education, curriculum, teaching, school choice, and charter schooling. Before joining AEI, he was a policy analyst and education reform expert at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education policy think tank. He previously worked for the Core Knowledge Foundation and as an adviser and civics teacher at Democracy Prep Public Schools. He writes and speaks extensively on education and education-reform issues, with an emphasis on literacy, curriculum, teaching, and urban education. After twenty years in journalism, including senior positions at TIME and BusinessWeek, Robert became a fifth-grade teacher at a struggling South Bronx public school in 2002. He subsequently served as vice president for the Core Knowledge Foundation. Robert’s articles and op-ed columns on education have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Daily News, Education Next, and many other publications. A frequent speaker and expert guest on education issues, he has appeared on the Fox News Channel, CNN, and elsewhere.

Published Articles & Media

Democracy Prep Schools Boost Civic Engagement

Democracy Prep increases the voter registration rates of its students by about 16 percentage points and increases the voting rates of its students by about 12 percentage points.

A Reading Test Focused on Content

Louisiana plans to to develop and pilot a streamlined English and social studies assessment that aligns with what is taught in classrooms.

Meta-Analysis Confirms Effectiveness of an Old School Approach: Direct Instruction

Shouldn’t half a century and hundreds of studies be enough to earn Direct Instruction a little respect if education is so evidence-based?

Education Reform Is Off Track. Here’s How to Fix It.

It was a mistake to assume that education policy, not classroom practice, is the most important lever to pull to drive enduring improvement.

Should Schools Teach Our Children That the World is a Scary Place?

Teachers who view the world as awe-inspiring and who are eager to share their optimism and excitement with students might be more beneficial.

Pushing Kids in Sports vs. Pushing Kids in School

Are you more likely to see a cause-and-effect relationship between effort and outcome in sports or in school?

Has Eva Moskowitz Gone Too Far on Parent Accountability?

Success Academy Schools have begun sending home “Parent Investment Cards” evaluating how well parents are meeting their responsibilities.

Public Schools Don’t Have a Monopoly on Creating Good Citizens

If civic virtue and a shared commitment to the common good are primary objects of schooling, a strong case can be made that school choice helps, not hinders, that mission

When it Comes to School Discipline, Let Parents Choose

A school’s approach to student discipline and classroom management is a profound reflection of somebody’s value system.

Louisiana Threads the Needle on Ed Reform

Launching a coherent curriculum in a local-control state

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