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May 21, 2015

Dramatic Improvement in Education Systems: What It Takes

As other nations have before, the U.S. faces a stark choice between transforming its education system to deliver broadly-shared prosperity or continuing on its current path of growing income inequality, poverty and political instability.

March 12, 2015

Vocational Education & Training and the Chinese Economy: Driver or Obstacle?

In the latest report from the Center on International Education Benchmarking, written by Asia Society's Vivien Stewart, we find that China's hopes of transitioning to a high-skill, high-wage economy will hinge on its ability to scale-up and modernize its vocational education and training system.

February 19, 2015

The American Workforce: Survey Delivers Bad News

New data on literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills show that U.S. millennials have fallen to the back of the pack internationally and continue to slip.

July 25, 2014

An Interview With Dennis Van Roekel

Marc Tucker interviews outgoing NEA President Dennis Van Roekel about his career and how teaching and teachers' unions have changed.

July 02, 2014

Accountability vs. What We Want for Our Children

Test-based accountability forces teachers to abandon their interest in helping students develop many of the qualities that will actually help them succeed in workplace and life.

June 13, 2014

College: The Key to Prosperity - or Is It?

A look at Switzerland's vocational education system and what the United States could stand to learn from their success.

June 06, 2014

American Schools - Back to 'Separate But Equal'?

Marc Tucker explains how housing segregation leads to school segregation and calls for reforming our school finance system.

May 27, 2014

Unacceptable Options for Our Most Vulnerable Students

In order to meet the demands of our workforce, the United States must build a strong vocational education and training system and provide students who want to pursue this path with much stronger academic skills then they currently have now.

April 14, 2014

Designing a State Accountability System: Part II

Marc Tucker describes the professional role of teachers in his proposed state accountability plan.

March 07, 2014

Accountability and Motivation

Continuing his blog series on accountability, Marc Tucker examines the premises that underlie different approaches to accountability system design.

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