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September 08, 2014

10 Thoughts on the New AP U.S. History Framework

The College Board's revision of the AP U.S. History curriculum framework has ignited a firestorm. Contrary to some recent attacks, it's not malicious, but it does raise questions about intellectual balance.

December 23, 2013

RHSU: Top Ten Columns of 2013

It's the time when we reflect on the past year, yada yada. In that spirit, crackerjack RA Max Eden and I went back to the RHSU vault for the past year to identify ten of the most interesting, discussed, or popular columns. With an eye towards reader traffic, Twitter interest, and our own biases, we'...

December 09, 2013

Three Thoughts on Mandela

Nelson Mandela passed away last week. The encomiums have been touching, plentiful, and, in a case like this, inevitably unequal to the task. There's nothing that I can usefully add on that front. It has struck me, though, that amidst all the touching reactions, there are a few instructive takeaways for those involved in schooling that haven't gotten the attention they deserve.

October 21, 2013

Don't Leave Responsible Parents Behind

One of the remarkable things about contemporary education reform may be its lack of interest in responsible parenting. In recent years, an intense focus on closing racial and economic achievement gaps has resulted in policies and practices that can sometimes come at the expense of families that work hard and play by the rules.

September 06, 2013

A Handy Reader's Guide

In the name of efficiency, and in the nature of a public service announcement, here's a quick thumbnail guide to my key books.

July 01, 2013

The Fisher Ruling & Grutter's "Critical Mass" Mess (RHSU Flashback)

Last Monday, in its Fisher decision, the Supreme Court basically decided to let stand its 2003 Grutter decision in favor of race-conscious admissions. The only significant development in one of Justice Anthony Kennedy's familiar "split-the-difference" decisions was the insistence that colleges and u...

June 12, 2013

What College Students "Read"

Hey, so I stumbled across an interesting paper by SuHua Huang, Phillip Jeffrey Blacklock, and Matthew Capps, of Texas's Midwestern State University: "Reading Habits of College Students in the United States." (A good write-up is available here in the Chronicle of Higher Education.) They find that c...

May 06, 2013

Back With a Full Dose of Distemper

Hidy all. Well, I'm back. I'd like to offer a big thanks to all the terrific folks who stepped in while I was off sabbaticalizing. (Not that it involved many thrills--mostly lots of talks about cage-busting, a big dose of AERA and the NewSchools Venture Fund summit, and such much... apologies to Cas...

November 13, 2012

ICYMI: Teacher Union Strength, D.C. Teacher Retention, and Forbes Faddism

Well, the election is finally over. President Obama and House Speaker Boehner are hard at work whispering sweet nothings and figuring out how to do token tax increases and spending cuts that'll avoid the pain of sequestration or ending the Bush tax cuts. Of course, in combination, those two developm...

July 05, 2012

ED Charter Abuse, DC Is No Atlanta, & For-Profits in Court

After tomorrow, I'll be taking a four-week summer blogging break--I'll introduce your impressive line-up of guest stars tomorrow. Meanwhile, things have backed up while I finished the Cage-Busting Leadership manuscript (which went off to Harvard Ed Press on Tuesday). So, today, I want to hit on a ...

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