Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. First, a shout-out to Hank Levin, who wrote me to point out that, in attributing a Nobel Prize in Economics to Nikolai Kondratieff in a recent blog, I awarded him a prize that did not yet exist when he died.  That was...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The United States, long widely regarded as the world leader in education, peaked and leveled off in the 1970s, while a growing number of other countries came from behind to far exceed American performance. Why?  If we knew the answer to that...

Cross-posted at Education Week. How can you not like this man and admire him? He comes across on every page as smart, honest, decent, articulate, knowledgeable, humble and deeply caring.  Who could wish for a better advocate for the children many of our schools are failing...

Cross-posted at Education Week. In the British pubs, as the evening comes to a close, the bartenders intone the words, "It's time, it's time."  NCEE is not a pub, but it is time. I will be 79 come November.  Some two or three years ago, I began...

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...

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