Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. For most of us, the pantheon of education is populated mainly by great teachers. For others, it is populated by researchers who have made indelible contributions to the literature or critics who provided intellectual leadership for ground-breaking reforms. But, for me, the prize...

Cross-posted at Education Week. There are, as far as I know, only two strategies available to countries that want to develop the kind of talent needed to enter the front ranks of nations providing broadly shared prosperity to their people: education and immigration.  Most of the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. My flight from New York arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside Paris about 12:30 p.m. and an hour later I slid into a taxi for the trip into the city.  My cab driver, I discovered, had a only a bit of...

Cross-posted at Education Week. My grandson came to me a few months following up on some earlier conversations we had had about his future.  He was getting ready to apply to colleges and wanted a little help thinking through what sort of career he wanted for...

Cross-posted at Education Week. About a year ago, I gave my blog readers an interim report on a very large international comparative study of teacher quality that our Center on International Education Benchmarking had funded a global team of scholars headed by Linda Darling-Hammond to do. ...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Browsing in a used book store a couple of years ago, I picked up a pristine copy of Steven Pinker's How the Mind Works.  When I got home, I found a place for it on my bookshelves, where it has rested ever...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The case for charter schools is often made by showcasing charter schools that are doing a good job of meeting the needs of low-income, minority students—usually in urban districts.  Opponents often respond by pointing to regular public schools whose performance is no...

Cross-posted at Education Week. We got interested in the Netherlands when the first results came out for the 1995 administration of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS), the largest international comparative study of student achievement done up to that date. The Netherlands and Flemish...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I recently wrote a blog about the way the top-performing countries set up their accountability systems to assure college and career readiness.  A few days later, I read a new report by the Council of Chief State School Officers called "Destination Known:...

Cross-posted at Education Week. When the Trump administration released its "America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again," it was natural for professional educators to go right to the pages describing the proposed budget for the Department of Education.  Some must have been relieved,...

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