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March 23, 2020

Please, Someone, Name Your Favorite Education Decade

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.

March 02, 2020

What Ravitch and the Reformers Both Got Wrong

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.

September 09, 2019

Rejecting Personal Responsibility Is No Way to Promote Educational Equity

Fearing to tell students they're responsible for doing their part is to set them up for failure. And worse: It's the rankest kind of prejudice.

October 15, 2018

Be Wary of Reformers Peddling 'Model' School Districts

Time and again, seemingly sensible people embrace nifty reforms, only to later realize that the packaging was better than the product. Here's why that happens.

April 29, 2018

Of School Reform, Pyrrhic Victories, and Warning Signs

If would-be reformers can find ways to engage with discordant voices, they just might have a shot at keeping today's big victories from turning into tomorrow's Pyrrhic ones.

April 02, 2018

The Great Education Pendulum Swing of 2018

While there's a frustrating inevitability about schooling's pendulum swings, it's not inevitable that aspiring reformers will repeat yesterday's miscues.

January 30, 2018

Warren Buffett, Ping-Pong, and School Reform

I'm struck that our natural, admirable enthusiasm and yearning for "best practices" can turn destructive. It tempts us into an endless, circular search for solutions in which we never stop long enough to ask whether the search itself is misguided.

June 22, 2017

For Best Results, Temper Passion With Professionalism

In school reform, I sometimes think we suffer from a curious malady: too much passion—and a shortage of disciplined professionalism.

May 04, 2017

Hard Lessons in Education Reform: The 1,000 Flowers Question

Yesterday at AEI, we hosted a conversations exploring the "Hard Lessons in Education Reform." One fascinating exchange dealt with the challenge of finding the right balance.

April 20, 2017

What Do We Mean by 'Reform'?

To help clarify where I'm coming from, I thought it might be worth sharing a bit about how I answer some of the first questions of school reform.

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