Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. I woke up this morning to an NPR interview with an Italian-American. The fellow being interviewed was a bit anguished.  He understood, he said, the problem Native Americans have with statues honoring Christopher Columbus, the man who paved the way for what...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The OECD reports that teachers' salaries in the United States now trail those of workers with similar education levels by an amount greater than the gap in ANY OTHER country examined by the OECD.  They make about 60 cents for every dollar...

Cross-posted at Education Week. President Trump recently signed on to an immigration bill proposed by Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue that would slash legal immigration by half and would shift immigration policy from an emphasis on family reunification to an emphasis on skills in determining...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Lyndon Johnson, himself a former teacher, was known to tell the story of a young, unemployed teacher who applied for a job in Texas. He was asked by a school board member whether he taught that the world was round or flat. ...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Over the years, when we have visited countries whose schools outperform our own, we ask our colleagues in their ministries of education what proportion of their students are classified as what we call "special education" students.  The answer to that question in...

Cross-posted at Education Week.  Last year, I wrote a blog about a young man from Alabama who went to work in a new plant built by the Golden Dragon Copper Tubing Company, a Chinese firm that had located in Alabama in response to tax incentives provided...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Hand-harvesting fruits and vegetables in the San Fernando Valley is back-breaking work, done under the burning sun by people who are always on the move from farm to farm, county to county, following the crops.  Not only is it back-breaking, and the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. "Why do I need to study Algebra I?"  "Because you will need it to study Algebra II."   "Why do I need to study Algebra II?" "Because you will need it to study precalculus."  "And why do I need to study precalculus?" "Because you will need it to...

Cross-posted at Education Week. On June 28, the Fordham Institute published a blog by Checker Finn titled "Schools Are Still Peddling the Self-Esteem Hoax" that sparked an energetic and interesting debate.  I thought I would weigh in. In his piece, Checker takes aim at the 'self-esteem' movement,...

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