Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. It is a sweet time. The clematis is gone, only its thin brown stem left to tell the tale. The day lilies, too, have opened and closed their last blooms. The great show put on by the azaleas and rhododendrons and mountain...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Many educators think that young people's understanding of the world is built by enabling them to accumulate a growing pile of important facts.  But communications experts have long known that stories trump facts every time.  Stories are explanations of how the world...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I was at a party last night with some friends. One of them, an impressively smart, well-informed woman from Boston wanted to talk education. She was not three sentences into her question when I realized that she, like so many others, was...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I met Rod Allen, a former associate deputy minister in the British Columbia Education Ministry, last year at a meeting of the Global Education Leaders Partnership hosted by our organization and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Rod is now the superintendent...

Cross-posted at Education Week. For those of us who spend a lot of time comparing education in the United States to education in other countries, career and technical education (CTE)—usually called vocational education and training (VET) in other countries—is an interesting case.  One might say that...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Readers of this blog will recall that, many moons ago, I summarized a couple of papers I wrote for the New South Wales, Australia Department of Education on the implications of advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, neural networks, machine learning and the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. After my last blog on charter school management companies was posted, I got a note from an old friend.  Referring to the section of my blog in which I said that NCEE's research method is to look for common principles that underlie...

Cross-posted at Education Week. In case you had not noticed, allow me to inform you of the precipitous decline of the American school publishing industry. When I was in school, there was a great kaleidoscope of textbook publishers from Scholastic to Addison-Wesley, Silver Burdett to McGraw Hill,...

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