I penned number 13 in our countdown amidst the No Child Left Behind "waiver" craze when being concerned about an unchecked executive branch was a much lonelier beat.

Number 14 in our countdown is an illustration of why, amid the 2017 debate over whether Trump should propose national school choice legislation, I tended to think that such a move would be unhelpful.

I wrote number 15 in our countdown as a reaction to what I felt was a silly, smug, self-satisfied, and self-defeating belief in the transformative power of the film "Waiting for Superman" held by many of my friends in the "reform" community.

Rounding out this week at number 16, this piece from 2011 outlines my thoughts on how the NFL has a humbling lesson to teach schools: success often comes down to the mundane: execution, discipline, trust, and coherence.

Number 17 in our countdown is a list of my personal favorite movies about teaching, schooling, and adolescence that I put together in 2010. All these years later, I still love these movies.

Number 18 in our countdown calls back to reader favorite Paul Banksley, a character inspired by an insipid letter by an education leader which went on at great length about nothing.

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.

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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