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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.

June 29, 2016

4 Lessons That Brexit Can Offer School Reform

It struck me that there are four cautions to pull from the Brexit fray that America's school reformers would do well to heed.

June 22, 2016

Of Big 'R' and Little 'r' School Reform

Though I think much of the big "R" reform agenda has real promise, its value ultimately depends infinitely more on how they're executed rather than whether they're adopted.

June 15, 2016

School Reform Is the New Ed. School

Back then, ed schools were marked by oppressive consensus on key questions: tests were bad, charter schooling and school vouchers were very bad, etc. It turns out this kind of thinking has spread to the school reform world too.

June 08, 2016

Gates' Common-Core Mea Culpa and the School Reform Divide

Common-core advocates were in such a hurry to do good that they just didn't show much interest in hard questions or uncomfortable cautions. This is the way things routinely go between progressives and conservatives.

June 01, 2016

Making Sense of the Left-Right School Reform Divide

It's worth taking a moment to understand where conservatives and progressives actually disagree. We agree on a lot, but our big disagreements frequently fall along the left-right ideological divide.

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