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October 04, 2017

The Common Sense of Success Academy's Eva Moskowitz

While the things that Moskowitz discusses strike me as pretty commonsensical, the reality is that it's just much harder to forge new expectations and norms in organizations marked by inherited cultures, routines, and contracts, and where influential employees have been doing things a certain way for decades.

September 28, 2017

Has K-12 Education Fallen for a Testing Charade?

There's much to say on testing and accountability in 2017. But today I'll stick to offering just five thoughts sparked by Dan Koretz's new book and yesterday's discussion.

September 21, 2017

What We've Forgotten About School Reform: Courtesy of Messrs. Tyack, Cuban, and Payne

If we're going to refashion a 19th-century model of schooling for the 21st century (and I think we need to), how we go about it will be at least as important as what we try to do.

October 19, 2015

On The Martian and Celebrating Smart

In the United States, we celebrate wealth, fame, and beauty over brainpower, but Ridley Scott's recent film The Martian stands out as a rare example of pop culture that celebrates smart.

November 20, 2014

How School Choice Changes the Relationship Between Parents and Schools

Thomas Stewart and Patrick Wolf's new book provides a terrific framework for thinking about school choice, using their evaluations of the DC OSP.

November 13, 2014

Yong Zhao's Biting Critique of the Chinese Edu-Miracle

Yong Zhao's new book argues that China's PISA scores aren't that miraculous after all. I agree with much, but not all, of what he says.

October 09, 2014

Sattin-Bajaj's Incisive Look at How School Choice Works for Immigrant Kids

School choice advocates and skeptics alike should read Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj's excellent new book about how immigrant students navigate New York City's universal high school choice program.

September 22, 2014

Howard Fuller's No Struggle, No Progress

Howard Fuller's new book No Struggle, No Progress is stuffed with fascinating detail and from-the-shoulder wisdom. Let me keep it simple: read this book.

January 22, 2014

My Take on Duncan and Murnane's New Book: Restoring Opportunity

Three years ago, UC-Irvine's Greg Duncan and Harvard's Dick Murnane published a terrific edited volume titled Whither Opportunity? That volume summarized a slew of evidence on trends in educational outcomes and on how families, schools, and all the rest shape life outcomes for kids. Anyway, that's the backdrop for Duncan and Murnane's new book, Restoring Opportunity: The Crisis of Inequality and the Challenge for American Education, which has just been published by my good friends at Harvard Education Press.

August 07, 2013

The Bling Ring & The Challenges of Edu-Culture

Caught Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring a couple weeks back, and been meaning to share a few thoughts. For those who missed the whole deal, this is Coppola's take on the Calabasas, California, teens who burglarized the homes of a bunch of Hollywood celebrities in 2008 and 2009, stealing around $3 mi...

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