Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. The typical American high school student leaves high school two to three years behind the typical high school graduate in the countries with the world's best education systems, reads at a 7th or 8th grade level, has a hard time comprehending college...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Like tectonic plates breaking up under enormous pressure to form new continents, the two big American political parties are morphing right in front of us.  I have argued in an earlier blog that this process began when Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Cathy (C.M.) Rubin, who runs the global education publication CMRubinWorld.com.  We spoke as part of her ongoing series, The Global Search for Education.  We covered a multitude of topics that I hope might be...

Cross-posted at Education Week. In last week's blog, I shared my understanding of the challenges facing a large and growing number of Americans who have been left behind by globalization and advancing automation.  Many people wrote to me asking what part education might be able to...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I ran into an acquaintance on the ferry the other day. She told me that after she began to wake from the shock of the election's outcome she decided that she wanted to get out of the cocoon of her circle of...

Cross-posted at Education Week. My last trip to New Zealand was in the early 1990s, shortly after that country’s beloved Prime Minister, David Lange, had stepped down.  Lange, leader of the Labour Party, was a larger than life figure.  After the ruinous oil shocks of the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. President Donald Trump has, in the selection of Betsy DeVos for his nominee for U.S. Secretary of Education, made it clear that he is a strong supporter of the school choice education reform agenda.  The question on the table is whether, how...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Years ago, the best students were encouraged to take two or three Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  Now they are told that they don’t stand a chance of getting into a really selective college unless they start taking AP courses in their sophomore...

Cross-posted at Education Week. My organization decided a few weeks back that we needed to hire a new professional staff person. We had close to 500 applicants. Inasmuch as the task was to help us communicate information related to the work we do, we gave each...

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