Civics ed. should be about producing more citizens, community leaders, and public officials who argue respectfully, forge bonds of trust, build new institutions, and find ways to revitalize and repair what seems to be broken.

President Trump's comments on opening schools boost the odds that reopening—like mask-wearing—will be yanked into the culture wars.

Chandra Pemmasani, CEO of UWorld, a company that has prepared more than 2 million students for standardized tests, talks to Rick about addressing the challenges of high-stakes testing.

Young kids are filled with curiosity, so I wonder why we design schools that seem intent on taking that hard-wired fascination with the world and stomping it flat.

The segregationist naming of schools for those who took up arms against the nation to defend human bondage is not reflective of the values we want our kids to learn.

Getting remote education right involves more than training and better tech; it requires tackling the way we organize instruction.

I recently chatted with ACUE president Jonathan Gyurko about his organization's efforts to teach professors to be excellent educators, not just subject-matter experts.

Rick talks with former Gov. Jeb Bush about leadership in education, how remote learning worked out, and the initiative of teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If public-health officials indicate that schools can open this fall, then school systems need to find a way to do so.

Guest blogger Robert Pondiscio passes the baton to Eric Kalenze today, who shares three sound ideas for practitioners facing schooling uncertainty.

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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