Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. Little wonder the teachers are striking. The only question is why it took them so long. There are the stories about teachers unable to keep their families above the poverty line without working two or three jobs. And stories about the states...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Some of you may have noticed that I stopped blogging two months ago.  I fell off a bike on a small island in the Bahamas, did a lot of damage to my spine and spent the next five weeks in two hospitals. ...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I recently came across a rather acid attack on the methods used by people like me who argue that the U.S. education system is less efficient than the systems of other countries.  Published by the Albert Shanker Institute, the piece in question...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The champions are in the ring.  The crowd goes wild. Bernie Sanders, the likely 2020 Democratic candidate, says the problem with the economy is the fat cats who have rigged it for their benefit.  He wants to unleash a progressive tax schedule on...

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...

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