Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. In my last blog, I told you why I was not surprised that the OECD data appear to show that national investments in educational technologies have resulted in zero improvements in student achievement. I described very creative software that has been available...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I'm in Jerusalem at a meeting hosted by the OECD and the Israeli Ministry of Education. The topic is innovation, entrepreneurship, technology and education. Attendees include ministers of education, technologists and a few ringers like me. The Chatham House Rule applies, so...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Thirty years ago when we thought of the national press, what came to mind were the big national newspapers like the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. The three big television networks and the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. This is the third and last in a series of blogs about the orthodoxies of Republican and Democratic education policy over the last 40 years and the need for a new paradigm for national education politics.  In the first blog in the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. In my last blog, I took the Republican Party to task for following a policy trajectory over the last three decades or so on education reforms based on the introduction of market forces in the public schools arena, a trajectory that seems...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I ask this question, of course, partly tongue in cheek.  I have good friends—including current and former federal and state officials—who are Republicans who continue to be strong supporters of public education.  But I ask it to make a serious point. The arc...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Buried in last week's blog—an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan—I remarked on the unscalability of certain education initiatives praised by Checker Finn as "charter-like."  One of them was New Leaders.  After it was published, I received the following statement...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Dear Mark and Priscilla: In a recent open letter, the Fordham Institute's Checker Finn warns you against trying to reform our public school districts, which he describes as impossible to change, even with the scale of funding that you can bring to the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. A new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures, No Time to Lose: How to Build a World-Class Education System State by State, wastes no time in getting to the point.  "The bad news," it says in the very first sentence,...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Like so many others, I am watching the presidential election campaign unfold with a gathering sense of dread.  And, I must say, a certain sense of shame.  Thomas Jefferson famously told us that "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free...

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