Tucker’s Blogs

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,...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The typical American high school student leaves high school two to three years behind the typical high school graduate in the countries with the world's best education systems, reads at a 7th or 8th grade level, has a hard time comprehending college...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Like tectonic plates breaking up under enormous pressure to form new continents, the two big American political parties are morphing right in front of us.  I have argued in an earlier blog that this process began when Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Cathy (C.M.) Rubin, who runs the global education publication CMRubinWorld.com.  We spoke as part of her ongoing series, The Global Search for Education.  We covered a multitude of topics that I hope might be...

Cross-posted at Education Week. In last week's blog, I shared my understanding of the challenges facing a large and growing number of Americans who have been left behind by globalization and advancing automation.  Many people wrote to me asking what part education might be able to...

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