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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...

July 03, 2013

'Monsters University': Three Missed Opportunities

Monsters University is cute and it's modestly amusing. But it's a Pixar film -- I expected much better. Hard to believe it was made by the same folks who created Finding Nemo, Up, Wall-E, The Incredibles, or the Toy Story trilogy. The MU formula is pretty simple. It's one part buddy flick, one part...

January 22, 2013

Putting the Poli Sci Back in the Politics of Ed ... & Three New Books That Continue a Heartening Trend

The decade or more from, say, 1992 to 2005, saw a dearth of smart attention to the kinds of questions that political scientists can most effectively address.

December 07, 2012

Three Good Edu-Reads: Petrilli, Smarick, & Chubb

Three smart, well-written, and provocative books that are worth checking out.

November 21, 2012

The World Conspires to Make Expertise Unreliable

Note: This Thanksgiving week, I'm giving RHSU readers a look at my essay in Richard Elmore's Harvard Education Press volume I Used to Think...And Now I Think. Elmore's book features a variety of K-12 thinkers--including Howard Gardner, Larry Cuban, Deb Meier, and Mike Smith--discussing how their th...

November 20, 2012

Wait a Minute ...

Note: This Thanksgiving week, I'm giving RHSU readers a look at my essay in Richard Elmore's Harvard Education Press volume I Used to Think...And Now I Think. Elmore's book features a variety of K-12 thinkers--including Howard Gardner, Larry Cuban, Deb Meier, and Mike Smith--discussing how their t...

November 19, 2012

I Used to Think...That Experts Understood the World

About this time last year, I shared a short chapter I'd penned for Richard Elmore's intriguing volume I Used to Think...And Now I Think. In the piece, I explained why I've grown so skeptical of many kinds of "experts" over time. Since we've added a bunch of readers since I last ran the chapter in ...

September 28, 2012

The Futures of School Reform

Cool new book out that I think you might want to eyeball. It's the product of a terrific collection of thinkers gathered under the auspices of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After three years of thought and discussion, ably steered by Harvard University's Bob Schwartz and Jal Mehta, the c...

September 14, 2012

Arguing That Obama Is the Real Education Prez: President Obama and Education Reform

The Chicago teachers strike has put a fine point on the split over education reform in today's Democratic Party. In Chi-town, we see a bastion of the Democratic coalition facing off against a Democratic mayor who used to be Obama's chief of staff. Well, for a terrific explanation of how things got...

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