Category Archives: education policy

School and Society in the Age of Trump

Facebook10 Twitter1 Google+0Total: 11John Rogers and the research team of Michael Ishimoto, Alexander Kwako, Anthony Berryman, and Claudia Diera have produced a landmark study entitled “School and Society in the Age of Trump,” based on their survey of 505 high … Continue reading

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the first “civic ed” bill: 1642

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12The Massachusetts legislature is considering S. 2306, a bill to enhance civic education. I’m for this legislation. Questions about whether the Commonwealth should require civics–or, indeed, any subject–led me to wonder when civics was first mandated in … Continue reading

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what if there were no public or no private schools?

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15The Atlantic’s Julie Halpert asks us to imagine two scenarios. In one, “every child would have to attend private school, and in the other, every child would have to attend public school. Which scenario would be more … Continue reading

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conflict v mistake as a framework for politics

Facebook8 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 8Scott Alexander has an interesting blog post that distinguishes two ways of thinking about politics: “Politics as mistake.” I’d put this one a little differently. The core idea is that institutions have flaws that result from their … Continue reading

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sorting out human welfare, equity and mobility

Facebook15 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 15Here are three distinct goals that you might pursue if you see education as a means to improve a society. All three are plausible, but they can conflict, and I think we should sort out where we … Continue reading

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school choice is a question of values not data

Facebook9 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 9I disagree with my friend Robert Pondiscio about many policies, but I agree with an essential aspect of his argument in a US News article entitled “Asking the Wrong Questions on School Choice.” Some impressive-looking recent studies assert that school … Continue reading

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mixed feelings on the DeVos nomination battle

Facebook52 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 52I opposed Betsy DeVos’s nomination, I’m grateful to the people who protested it, and I’m sorry she won confirmation. But I’m not sure it’s a good sign that she attracted more effective opposition than the other nominees … Continue reading

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Levinson and Fay, Dilemmas of Educational Ethics

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11 Meira Levinson’s and Jacob Fay’s edited volume Dilemmas of Educational Ethics: Cases and Commentaries is enormously valuable. It not only addresses problems that confront educators every day but also suggests how moral reasoning can be revitalized in academia. … Continue reading

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new book on communities using Positive Youth Development

Facebook33 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 33Jonathan F. Zaff, Elizabeth Pufall Jones, Alice E. Donlan, and Sara Anderson have published their edited volume entitled Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Positive Youth Development (New York: Routledge, 2016). “Positive Youth Development” is a whole stance toward adolescents that involves supporting … Continue reading

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thinking like a citizen–about schools

Facebook19 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 19In Education, Justice & Democracy, edited by Danielle S. Allen and Rob Reich, all the chapters address the topic of educational equality in the US. The section headings are “ideals,” “constraints,” and “strategies.” In a longish review … Continue reading

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