Having enjoyed a front-row seat for the tenures of the past 5 secretaries of education, Rick has concluded there are a half-dozen traits that President-elect Biden should seek in his choice.

If we recognize its limits, NAEP can provide a respected baseline for assessing whether states or the nation are making academic progress, grounding our sense of where we are and what we've done.

See a few urgent needs and develop a strategy to meet each of them. Then stick with it until at least half the people agree that it's right. That's been the senator's philosophy.

Even though there will be a Democratic White House and a likely GOP-controlled Senate, that's not necessarily a combination that spells gridlock, especially for education.

There's still a lot we don't know about this week's elections, but here are five thoughts on what they might mean for education and our democracy based on what seems clear right now.

Free nations also rely on norms and habits of mind that are less intuitive. Civics education needs to focus on these, too.

The advent of a President Biden would offer a welcome opportunity for a reset when it comes to civics and civic education. The question will be whether we—on the left and right, together—are able to seize it.

A new volume from Corey DeAngelis and Neal McCluskey challenges some of the familiar but suspect assertions that pepper public debates about school choice.

For many decades, education has been most important in presidential campaigns for the way that candidates have used it to court the middle. This tradition is no more in the Trump-Biden era.

Online learning is not a viable substitute for most learners most of the time. We shouldn't kid ourselves that what's being provided is a better option than it really is.

The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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