Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. Over the years, when we have visited countries whose schools outperform our own, we ask our colleagues in their ministries of education what proportion of their students are classified as what we call "special education" students.  The answer to that question in...

Cross-posted at Education Week.  Last year, I wrote a blog about a young man from Alabama who went to work in a new plant built by the Golden Dragon Copper Tubing Company, a Chinese firm that had located in Alabama in response to tax incentives provided...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Hand-harvesting fruits and vegetables in the San Fernando Valley is back-breaking work, done under the burning sun by people who are always on the move from farm to farm, county to county, following the crops.  Not only is it back-breaking, and the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. "Why do I need to study Algebra I?"  "Because you will need it to study Algebra II."   "Why do I need to study Algebra II?" "Because you will need it to study precalculus."  "And why do I need to study precalculus?" "Because you will need it to...

Cross-posted at Education Week. On June 28, the Fordham Institute published a blog by Checker Finn titled "Schools Are Still Peddling the Self-Esteem Hoax" that sparked an energetic and interesting debate.  I thought I would weigh in. In his piece, Checker takes aim at the 'self-esteem' movement,...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Many American educators have a rather smug view of Asia as the home of rote learning and nose-to-the-grindstone schools.  While this may have been true years ago, a new report from Asia Society should put that image to rest.  "Advancing 21st Century...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Terry Holliday, the recently retired chief state school officer in Kentucky, has written a short piece for the Association for Career & Technical Education on what it means to be "work ready" that is rather interesting.  He's been reading the state plans...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The first reaction is all gut.  The budget, on its face, would represent a gigantic redistribution of resources from the poor to the rich.  To say that that is morally bankrupt is to understate the case.  There is no rational argument for...

Cross-posted at Education Week. This week marked the official launch of Empowered Educators, a landmark study commissioned by NCEE's Center on International Education Benchmarking and conducted by an international team headed by Linda Darling-Hammond.  This international comparative study documents and analyzes what can only be described...

Cross-posted at Education Week. For most of us, the pantheon of education is populated mainly by great teachers. For others, it is populated by researchers who have made indelible contributions to the literature or critics who provided intellectual leadership for ground-breaking reforms. On June 6, NCEE and...

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