Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. Consider Shanghai. Now one of the best-performing education systems in the world, according to the OECD, it had no education system at all in 1978, when Deng Xiao Ping took the reins in China. It had been destroyed by Mao during the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Assume for the moment that you could design an education system for an entire state or nation.  What would it look like?  Why?  What follows is not a design, but rather some considerations you might want to take into account as you...

Cross-posted at Education Week. In my first dispatch from Hong Kong in this series, I described the Diocesan Boys School: low beautiful colonial buildings on a leafy campus scattered across acres of land on a priceless Hong Kong hilltop, the lovely harmonies of English choral music...

Cross-posted at Education Week. A few weeks ago, I reported on my recent visits to several schools in Hong Kong.  I've just returned from another visit to that city, the purpose of which was to explore the policy context in which those schools developed. We wanted...

Cross-posted at Education Week. In last week's blog, I called attention to proposals from some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs for government to provide income support to most of the population, in view of the possibility that intelligent machines may end up doing most of the work that...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I remember when I was in high school reading sci-fi novels about disembodied humans—only the brains left, floating in some unidentified liquid in a transparent ball—connected to their environment by a gaggle of wires to a machine that enabled them to communicate...

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...

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