Category Archives: education policy

discussing school choice

Facebook37 Twitter1Total38In my public policy course, we are discussing school choice as an opportunity for exploring theoretical issues (What is a market versus a state? What is a public good versus a private good?); empirical questions (What happens when you … Continue reading

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School and Society in the Age of Trump

Facebook10 Twitter1Total11John 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 school principals … Continue reading

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the first “civic ed” bill: 1642

Facebook12 Twitter0Total12The 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 Massachusetts. I … Continue reading

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what if there were no public or no private schools?

Facebook15 Twitter0Total15The 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 likely to … Continue reading

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conflict v mistake as a framework for politics

Facebook8 Twitter0Total8Scott 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 designs and … Continue reading

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sorting out human welfare, equity and mobility

Facebook15 Twitter0Total15Here 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 stand on … Continue reading

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school choice is a question of values not data

Facebook9 Twitter0Total9I 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 choice doesn’t … Continue reading

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mixed feelings on the DeVos nomination battle

Facebook52 Twitter0Total52I 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 have. (That … Continue reading

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Levinson and Fay, Dilemmas of Educational Ethics

Facebook11 Twitter0Total11 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. The book … Continue reading

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new book on communities using Positive Youth Development

Facebook33 Twitter0Total33Jonathan 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 them to … Continue reading

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