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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.

January 10, 2014

PISA Denial: Another Flavor

Marc Tucker refutes critics of PISA who claim that we can ignore the poor performance of US students because the test doesn't measure the things that really matter.

November 08, 2013

Vocational Education and the American Economy

How important is a strong vocational education and training system to national economic success?

August 20, 2013

School Reform in Philadelphia: A Study in Agony

Marc Tucker talks with David Oh, a city councilman from Philadelphia, about the city's struggle with education governance and reform.

June 06, 2013

A Framework for Thinking and Learning

Marc Tucker interviews Kai-ming Cheng, Professor and Chair of Education and Senior Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong, China.

November 20, 2012

The Skills Gap

Marc Tucker explains that at the root of the skills gap challenge, there is a failure to provide the kind and quality of basic education that is the foundation of good vocational training.

November 13, 2012

Automation, Employment, and the Importance of Vocational Education

Returning from a trip abroad, Marc Tucker explains how Australia has successfully automated almost all of the jobs in its biggest industry and how Singapore has developed a basic education system and a vocational education and training system that will sustain its future economy and workforce.

October 04, 2012

Immigration and Education

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...

July 19, 2012

Manufacturing Jobs: What Will It Really Take to Bring Them Back?

Marc Tucker explains why the low-skill, high-pay jobs that the United States has lost are not coming back and how major education reform is needed in order to educate workers for the manufacturing jobs that will be available.

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