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February 21, 2020

RHSU Classic: Teachers Should Just Say No to Cheap Talk & Lip Service

Number 6 in our countdown is a piece offering advice to teachers: When you hear someone launch into starry-eyed, infantilizing dreck, calmly call bull$&%* and ask instead for practical talk about promoting excellence and addressing mediocrity.

February 20, 2020

RHSU Classic: The Trouble With Economists

Today, at number 7, is a 2013 piece offering a word of caution to economists about overestimating the finality of their findings and to policymakers and advocates about treating complex econometric analyses as proof positive.

February 19, 2020

RHSU Classic: The Relationship Status of Teachers and Educational Technology: It's Complicated

Today, at number 8, is a 2011 guest spot by the inimitable Roxanna Elden. It's a particular favorite because it led to one of the cooler moments of my early blogging career.

February 18, 2020

RHSU Classic: Understanding the Opt-Out Movement: A One-Woman Play (In Five Acts)

In my view, one of the nutty things about the opt-out movement was how seemingly smart reformers couldn't grasp why responsible parents might want to opt their kids out of eight-hour assessments. I hope you enjoy number 9 in our countdown.

February 17, 2020

RHSU Classic: How Education Philanthropy Can Accidentally Promote Groupthink and Bandwagonism

In number 10 in our countdown, I tried to offer a few thoughts to funders as they embraced new agendas and looked to avoid repeating yesterday's missteps.

February 14, 2020

RHSU Classic: Of K-12 Talkers and Doers

Number 11 in our countdown outlines my thoughts on what distinguishes the talkers from the doers of the world. This went on to become a key theme of my book "Letters to a Young Education Reformer."

February 13, 2020

RHSU Classic: The Wham-O Pudding Essay Contest Theory of Educational Innovation

If I've learned anything after hanging out at a think tank for close to two decades, it's that dreaming up education innovations is easy. Number 12 in our countdown is my take on the goofy contests that talkers seem to be so fond of.

February 12, 2020

RHSU Classic: The Duncan Precedent, 2013 Edition

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.

February 11, 2020

RHSU Classic: Picturing Trump as the School Choice Guy

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.

February 10, 2020

RHSU Classic: 'Waiting for Superman': My Conversion Experience

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.

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