Number 19 in our countdown reminds me that for all the energy and attention we devote to education, we'd do well to try a helluva lot harder to support, fund, honor, and promote popular culture that celebrates smart.


The first throwback in our Top 20 countdown reminds me of how different the education landscape was when I launched this blog in 2010.


Next month will mark the 10th anniversary of this blog. In light of this, I thought it might be interesting to revisit some RHSU favorites from the past decade.


Before expecting to effectively shape policy in a world full of complexity and honest disagreement, learn about the world you want to change.


Johns Hopkins University's inimitable Hunter Gehlbach seeks common ground in the value-laden questions that arise when we get deep into the heart of SEL, with the help of JHU doctoral student Claire Chuter.


For three decades, there was a quiet assumption that education's growing economic import was pushing education politics toward the pragmatic middle—it turns out that this dynamic was surprisingly fragile.


Rick talks with the CEO of TuitionFit, a venture that aggregates data on the actual price of college to help the public make more informed choices and influence the price of college the way they can in a normal marketplace.


Florida's teachers are marching on Tallahassee today. Hard-working teachers deserve a big raise and talented teachers are profoundly underpaid. But teachers ought not overplay their hand, or they're likely to face a backlash of their own.


For the 2020 RHSU Public Influence finale, we reveal the top 10 finishers for various academic disciplines, as well as the top junior faculty in the country.


Here are the 2020 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, hot off the press! Also see who penned the top best-sellers and which universities produced the most ranked scholars.


The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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