Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. For a great many students in American schools, school begins in elementary school with failure at a walk and ends in high school with failure at a gallop. It starts when they first arrive at the schoolhouse door, already far behind.  How can...

Cross-posted at Education Week. It is not often that I describe a book I have read as a treasure, but David Driscoll's Commitment and Common Sense: Leading Education Reform in Massachusetts is exactly that. The book, written in the form of a memoir, is mainly the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I found a new book I'd been looking for over the holiday, Max Tegmark's Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.  Tegmark is a professor of physics at MIT and president of the Future of Life Institute.  He looks...

Cross-posted at Education Week. We are at the end of another year, here at Top Performers, and I, as is my usual custom, would like to take some time to reflect on the ground we have covered together in that time.  This has been a year we...

Cross-posted at Education Week.   My friend leans across the table, and says softly‐as if in an act of friendship that only a true friend would engage in— "You know Marc, what my friends in the research community say about the international comparisons you are always making,...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I was blasted the other day for having just discovered the virtues of capitalism by a friend who was irritated at my lack of support for charter schools.  He and many others view charters as a quintessentially capitalist way to introduce competition...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I heard the other day that Andreas Schleicher had been invited to address the NAEP governing board.  Long overdue, I thought, but better late than never.  The design of PISA makes it a much more valuable tool than NAEP for sorting out...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The United States appears to have taken sides in the great Middle East confrontation between Shia Islam and Sunni Islam, which is to say, in geopolitical terms, between Iran and Saudi Arabia.  We have chosen the Saudis.  And, in choosing the Saudis,...

Cross-posted at Education Week. It's Thanksgiving Day, a uniquely American institution. We've put the old wicker porch furniture away for the season, along with the grill and the hoses. The dahlias have been dug up and stowed, the boat and the float are out of the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. My last blog was a brief summary of a paper commissioned by the Government of New South Wales, Australia for use as part of a symposium on Education for a Changing World.  In it, I described how artificial intelligence, automation, robotics, natural...

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