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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.

April 18, 2017

The Fast, the Furious, and School Reform

Watching the new Fast and the Furious this weekend brought to mind some of the common tensions underlying school reform.

April 12, 2017

Talking to, Not Past, One Another About Race, Schooling, and Reform

So much of how we talk about education today tangles school reform with larger ideological debates taking place in our polarized and distrustful era.

January 26, 2017

Race, Social Justice, and School Reform

I was honored to host a hard-hitting but remarkably civil conversation about race, social justice, and school reform at AEI yesterday. A few things struck me about the conversation.

January 19, 2017

The Patriots, the Texans, and School Reform

What does NFL football have to do with school reform? Quite a lot, actually.

September 15, 2016

My Mixed Feelings on XQ's 'Super Schools'

I think the idea of XQ is appealing. But I start to get nervous when I see this whole goofy "super schools" stuff.

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