Category Archives: education policy

intelligence is more like confidence than height

(Washington, DC) According to experimental studies collected by Gregory M. Walton*: You can explain to seventh-graders that people build their intelligence by working and learning, and their grades on math will be better for the whole school year. You can … Continue reading

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where is the public on Common Core?

(Durham, NC) The Common Core standards are the most significant policy change in US education today, and they are increasingly controversial. Strong critics can be found on both the right and left. Meanwhile, the most influential proponents don’t exactly have … Continue reading

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discrimination and educational ambition

I thought this was a crucial moment in the recent debate between Jonathan Chait and Ta-Nehesi Coats: Chait: The argument is that structural conditions shape culture, and culture, in turn, can take on a life of its own independent of … Continue reading

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civics projects are good for AP scores (and what that means more generally)

University of Washington Professor Walter Parker and colleagues are running experiments in which some classes take AP US Government as it’s typically taught (textbooks, lectures, and some discussion), and others experience a curriculum based on mock trials and other projects. … Continue reading

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the president and the humanities

At a General Electric plant in Milwaukee last month, President Obama seemed to disparage one of the disciplines of the humanities: “I promise you, folks can make a lot more potentially with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might … Continue reading

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the Common Core and civic education

The Common Core is a powerful reform movement in education. State standards are regulatory documents that prescribe the expected outcomes, the content, and (to some extent) the pedagogy used in our public schools. The forty-five states that have adopted the Common … Continue reading

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racial pluralism in schools reduces discussion of politics, and what to do about that

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg and I have published a new article in Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy entitled “Diversity in Classrooms: The Relationship between Deliberative and Associative Opportunities in School and Later Electoral Engagement.”  Using a new survey conducted in … Continue reading

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defending free speech in public schools

Frank LoMonte is Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center. His talk at this year’s National Conference on Citizenship really drew my attention to the lack of First Amendment rights in our schools. Students should exercise freedom of speech, … Continue reading

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for reform of testing

Over at the National Journal, Fawn Johnson reports that the Common Core standards for English and math have become controversial because of testing. “Now that it’s time for states to actually measure how their students are doing, it’s a lot … Continue reading

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the Pledge of Allegiance

I will be talking to a reporter later about the Pledge of Allegiance, which is apparently disappearing from California schools. I recognize that this is a classic hot-button issue because deliberately removing the Pledge is seen as an attack on … Continue reading

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