Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. Most work requires both academic knowledge as well as skill and craft knowledge.  That is true for both the carpenter and the surgeon.  It is just as true now as it was 1,000 years ago that the best way to acquire craft...

In my last two blogs, I laid out a framework for thinking about career and technical education (CTE) in the United States. In this blog, I will use that framework to describe a structure for the reauthorization of the Perkins Act, the federal government's...

I tried to make three points in last week's blog about the renewed interest in career and technical education. The first is that if career and technical education is to be useful, it has to be built on a sound command of the basic...

After many years in the wilderness, career and technical education—AKA vocational education—shows signs of awakening from a long sleep. The victim first of a revulsion against tracking and then of a virtually exclusive focus on academic achievement (thought to be at odds with the...

I am surrounded by boxes of books. Consolidating collections that have led, 'til now, separate existences. Among them are my education books. There are many that I have not opened in years, but I cannot give them away. They are dear friends....

Cross-posted at Education Week. I'm told that the hottest item at the recent meeting of the Council of Chief State School Officers was ESSA, the new federal education legislation that replaced No Child Left Behind. That, I thought, is encouraging. That must mean that the chiefs...

Cross-posted at Education Week. We start from the assumption that policy should aim at getting a first-rate teacher in front of every student.  Then we note that the research on expertise says that it takes about 10 years to become an expert in just about any...

In recent administrations, both when Democrats and Republicans were in the White House, the senior figures in both parties and their economic advisors agreed that free trade was in the country's best interest.  Of course, everyone understood that this was true overall, not necessarily for...

Cross-posted at Education Week I was in Hong Kong last week visiting some schools, drawn there by Hong Kong's consistently high performance on international comparisons of student performance.  My aim in this blog is to briefly describe those schools and then share some reflections on the...

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