Good teaching is not just about conveying the material well, but about helping students make that connection to something they think they can be good at, something they really want to work hard at, something they want to put the time into.


Marc Tucker argues that there is no evidence that charters, competition, and school choice will produce major improvements in student performance at the scale of a state, province or nation.


Ray Marshall, Secretary of Labor in the Carter administration is a distinguished labor economist - and personal friend - who long ago decided that education is perhaps the most important key to broadly shared prosperity in modern industrial economies.  So he has spent a lot of his time over the last three decades working to understand what policies make for effective national education systems.  More recently, he has turned his attention to national immigration policy.  Some might see this as switching fields, but not Ray.  As far as he is concerned, if the aim is broadly shared national ...


Marc Tucker argues that school choice and market incentives in education will only serve to make good schools better and bad schools worse.


David Brooks is, in my view, one of the most thoughtful and well-informed columnists writing today.  So I was delighted to see that he had written a piece on the Chicago teachers' strike.  Delighted, that is, until I saw what had written.In his column, Brooks makes a sharp distinction between the "tradable" sector and the public sector.  The first is that part of our economy in which businesses slug it out in the intensely competitive market for goods and services traded across national borders.  The second is full of services provided in markets with weak competition and ...


Marc Tucker weighs-in on the politics of the Chicago teachers' strike.


Marc Tucker responds to educator Marion Brady's objections to the common core state standards.


Marc Tucker discusses various digital learning tools and their potential to advance student performance.


Marc Tucker reacts to a recently released report, from the Senate HELP Committee, on the troubling realities of for-profit schools.


Marc Tucker discusses how massive open online courses (MOOC) have the potential to change the higher education landscape.


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