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March 19, 2020

Advice for Education Providers Navigating Coronavirus

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.

March 16, 2020

Five Thoughts on the Coronavirus and Schools

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.

February 28, 2020

RHSU Classic: The Parable of the Teacher and the Experts

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.

February 27, 2020

RHSU Classic: The Fate of the Common Core: The View From 2022

Number 2 in our blog countdown takes us back to 2012 when the Common Core was still riding high. Back then, I took a crack at predicting how it all might look a decade hence. You can judge my attempt for yourself.

February 26, 2020

RHSU Classic: That's Not Helpful, Rick

If you've skipped the past decade of RHSU, here's a quick refresher: A lot of people in education think I'm an unhelpful jerk. OK. You're caught up. I'm OK with people thinking I'm a jerk. It's the "unhelpful" part that bothers me more.

February 25, 2020

RHSU Classic: John Henry Is Not a Role Model, 4 Tips for Edu-Leaders

I penned this post in 2012 in the lead up to my book "Cage-Busting Leadership." I became convinced that we've encouraged a leadership culture where leaders feel they demonstrate their mettle by the number of hours they work--at a big cost.

February 24, 2020

RHSU Classic: Of Big 'R' and Little 'r' Reform

During a decade of RHSU, I've been struck by the degree to which "school reform" can entail two competing conceptions of change. Number 5 in our countdown outlines my view of those two notions of reform.

February 21, 2020

RHSU Classic: Teachers Should Just Say No to Cheap Talk & Lip Service

Number 6 in our countdown is a piece offering advice to teachers: When you hear someone launch into starry-eyed, infantilizing dreck, calmly call bull$&%* and ask instead for practical talk about promoting excellence and addressing mediocrity.

February 20, 2020

RHSU Classic: The Trouble With Economists

Today, at number 7, is a 2013 piece offering a word of caution to economists about overestimating the finality of their findings and to policymakers and advocates about treating complex econometric analyses as proof positive.

February 19, 2020

RHSU Classic: The Relationship Status of Teachers and Educational Technology: It's Complicated

Today, at number 8, is a 2011 guest spot by the inimitable Roxanna Elden. It's a particular favorite because it led to one of the cooler moments of my early blogging career.

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