On Education, Bloomberg Candidacy Would Be Game-Changing

“Too many politicians are afraid.” Not Mayor Bloomberg.

NewSchools Is Not Overselling Social-Emotional Learning

A response to Checker Finn.

Straight Up Conversation: A Community College and a University Rolled Into One

Utah Valley University offers career and technical education, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees under one roof, all for the average out-of-pocket tuition of $1,700.

“Inquiry Learning” May Backfire

School children are not professional mathematicians. Why would we assume that the most effective way of teaching math would be by trying to copy what expert mathematicians do?

Time To Put an Ice Pack on the Fever for Social and Emotional Learning

What happens when school leaders, teachers, and ed reformers get so preoccupied with the SEL indicators themselves that they neglect English, math, science, and history or forget how much those matter in the real world?

Strange Bedfellows? Why School Reformers Should Rethink Teachers Unions

Unions can tell us what goes on behind the scenes.

New Red Sox Executive Credits Classics Education

“Taught me how to learn.”

How To Make the Case For School Choice

A powerful opportunity to strengthen the human connection between student and school, and to boost the power of teachers to improve their practice.

Senator Warren’s “Pretty Awful” Education Plan

She’s gone further leftward—union kissing, charter hating—than any of the other major candidates.

An Open Letter to the Board of Directors of Ascend Learning

What happened to Steven Wilson?

In India, an Education Innovation Boom

A future that’s already here.

Let Prisoners Use Pell Grants

Higher education can help reduce recidivism.

How To Get Past the “Talent Hogs” Problem

Redesign roles, budgets, and schedules to put excellent teachers in charge of small teaching teams, for more pay.

Straight Up Conversation: A Tuition-Free, Purpose-Driven, Coat-and-Tie Trade School

Williamson College of the Trades is a character-driven trade school enrolling 260 students, all of whom graduate debt-free. Rick talks with President Michael Rounds about how it works.

In the News: Giuliani Pressed Trump to Eject Muslim Cleric from U.S., a Top Priority of Turkish President, Former Officials Say

The former mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, “privately urged President Trump” to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a Pennsylvania-based Turkish cleric, the Washington Post reports, describing it as a case of Giuliani apparently “pushing a shadow foreign policy.”

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In the News: California Becomes First State in the Country to Push Back School Start Times

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new law mandating later start times for Golden State schools, the Los Angeles Times reports, “ultimately requiring public middle schools to begin classes at 8 a.m. or later while high schools will start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.”

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A Nobel for Education Next

The editors of Education Next congratulate Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, two of the three economists who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics.

Straight Up Conversation: Can Technology Help Districts Improve Teacher Hiring?

Rick talks with the CEO of Nimble, a venture that uses tech-based solutions to help about 50 school districts (with nearly half a million students) find the teachers they want.

The Metric That Matters Most: Ask Kids, “Are You In?”

The first and most important relationship most children have with a civic institution is with a school.

What Jobs Do Learners Hire Education To Do After High School?

Interviews shed light on student motives, from ‘get away’ to ‘step it up.’

Five Signs Your Reform Has Become Another Education Fad

Eager vendors, early-adopting educators, and media adulation can be taken as evidence that a reform is going swimmingly—but these signs are frequently misread.

In the News: The College of New Rochelle Is For Sale — and Comes With a Castle

The 15.6-acre campus of the College of New Rochelle in New York will be auctioned off on November 21, the New York Post reports. The school filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

Education Prime Minister?

Boris Johnson takes a side in the reading wars.

Straight Up Conversation: Can Outschool Bring the Gig Economy to K-12?

Rick talks with the CEO of Outschool, which is a marketplace for live online classes connecting over 30,000 students with over 1,000 teachers in 50 U.S. states and 35 countries.

Exploring Education Data Reveals Increasing Diversity in Maryland Schools

A new tool makes historical education data easier to find.

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