Book Reviews

Book cover of "Sludge" by Cass R. Sunstein

In “Sludge,” Sunstein Shines a Light in the Bureaucratic Darkness

Can "Sludge Audits" or a Presidential Order Ease the Paperwork Burden that Is Hurting American Schools?
Book covers of "The Tyranny of Merit" and "The Aristocracy of Talent"

The Merits of Meritocracy

Does it expand opportunity or entrench privilege?
Book cover of "Scripting the Moves"

No Excuses, Revisited

A thoughtful but dated criticism of “no excuses” schools
Book cover of "Beyond Standards" by Morgan Polikoff

A Sharp Critique of Standards-Based Reform

Polikoff pins his hopes on high-quality curricula selected by the states
Book cover of "Hybrid Homeschooling"

A Robust and Timely Discussion of a New Kind of Homeschooling

Hybrid approach combines at-home learning with school attendance
Book cover of The Quick Fix

The Fix Is In

A skeptical look at “the oracle of social science”
Book cover of "Let's Be Reasonable" by Jonathan Marks

A More Principled Vision for Higher Learning

Jonathan Marks urges a recommitment to reason
Book covers of "Making College Pay" by Beth Akers and "The Price You Pay For College" by Ron LIeber

Advice and Caution on Investing in a College Education

An economist and a financial journalist offer their strategies
Professor James Tooley with students at an Omega private school in Bawjiase, Ghana.

To Critics of The Beautiful Tree, a Pearl of a Reply

Was that test on which the experiment depends taken in English or Telugu?
Book cover of "Head, Hand, Heart" by David Goodhart

Examining the Human Costs of a Narrow Meritocracy

Economic critique displays energy but not much evidence

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