Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. I ran into an acquaintance on the ferry the other day. She told me that after she began to wake from the shock of the election's outcome she decided that she wanted to get out of the cocoon of her circle of...

Cross-posted at Education Week. My last trip to New Zealand was in the early 1990s, shortly after that country’s beloved Prime Minister, David Lange, had stepped down.  Lange, leader of the Labour Party, was a larger than life figure.  After the ruinous oil shocks of the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. President Donald Trump has, in the selection of Betsy DeVos for his nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education, made it clear that he is a strong supporter of the school choice education reform agenda.  The question on the table is whether, how...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Years ago, the best students were encouraged to take two or three Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  Now they are told that they don’t stand a chance of getting into a really selective college unless they start taking AP courses in their sophomore...

Cross-posted at Education Week. My organization decided a few weeks back that we needed to hire a new professional staff person. We had close to 500 applicants. Inasmuch as the task was to help us communicate information related to the work we do, we gave each...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Check out the October 12 edition of Flypaper, The Fordham Institute's newsletter, and you will find a very thoughtful commentary from Checker Finn on the proposal from Theresa May, Britain's new Prime Minister, to resurrect that country's grammar schools.  These are the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Another year has come and is now headed for the exit, headlines are filled with terms like "polar vortex" and "President-Elect Trump", and I am once again reminded of how grateful I am to have an outlet like this blog to connect...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Many people know that the United States has for years performed very poorly on the OECD's PISA comparative survey of national student performance of 15-year-olds.  However, Massachusetts has participated in the last two surveys, and, in this last one, emerged as a...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The PISA 2015 results show no meaningful change in the performance of U.S. students since 2012 in science and reading and a decline in mathematics.  Yes, there is a story here about mathematics, but that is not all there is here.  This...

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