A few weeks back I penned a post remaking on the disappointing educational legacy of the 2010s. My good friend Christopher Ruszkowski has some interesting feedback that's worth sharing.

What would be the tradeoffs of canceling this spring's state tests? My friend and AEI colleague Nat Malkus has a few thoughts on that count that are well worth sharing.

Last week I penned a caustic column decrying the number of pitches I've received from education providers since COVID-19 began to shutter schools. Here's some advice on how they could do better.

Madam Secretary, it's time for you to waive the assessment requirements, everywhere and for everyone.

The coronavirus has upended our lives. Now, I know nothing about epidemiology or public health. But the impact on schooling has been enormous, and that is an area I know something about.

Rick talks with the founder of Turnaround for Children, an organization that translates research from developmental and learning science, adversity science, and mental health into classroom tools and systems.

Social media, 24-hour-news, reams of click-chasing newsletters, and the premium on manufactured outrage are all eroding the norms that undergird healthy communities and functioning government.

Rick talks with the CEO of Panorama Education, an ed-tech company whose college- and career-readiness tools are currently used each year in 11,500 schools.

Longtime readers know that I agree with Diane Ravitch that contemporary school reform deserves to be harshly critiqued, but ultimately I found that her new book, "Slaying Goliath," offered more vitriol than vision.

If there's one theme that has shaped my educational sensibility, it's the disjuncture between educators and the "experts" who surround them. The final post in our countdown feels like a distillation of my effort to explore why that divide matters.

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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