Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week The days have gotten shorter, the nights colder and longer and we once again find ourselves looking ahead to a new year. Before the flame of 2015 is fully extinguished, I wanted to provide readers with a look back on some of...

Cross-posted at Education Week "An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people."  So said Thomas Jefferson at the dawn of the Republic.  But what might it mean to have an educated citizenry today? I've read the polls showing that a large proportion...

Cross-posted at Education Week Watching the presidential candidates of both parties debating and campaigning against each other, I find my attention wandering.  Neither the questions I hear them being asked nor the answers I hear them giving address what I take to be the central problems...

Cross-posted at Education Week Congress has contracted a rare case of bipartisanship in recent weeks and it now appears that the long-overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is imminent. In last week's blog, I argued that states should take advantage of the new...

Cross-posted at Education Week It looks now as though the Congress will reauthorize its latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  If it passes in the form that has been approved by the Congressional conference committee, it will provide a lot of latitude to...

Cross-posted at Education Week On October 21, Education Week published a response from James Harvey and Charles Fowler to a blog I wrote about their report, The Iceberg Effect, in which I held up that report as an example of many reports that attempt to discredit...

Cross-posted at Education Week I've just read the new announcement from the Ford Foundation describing the direction the foundation will take under its new President, Darren Walker. It is a deeply thoughtful and quite radical statement of priorities. It tells us not only what the foundation...

Cross-posted at Education Week Last week's news regarding disappointing results on the most recent administration of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) certainly made some waves. Scores decreased for both assessed grade levels in math, decreased for 8th graders in reading, and were flat in...

Cross-posted at Education Week Readers of this blog will know that I also write a regular piece for the Center on International Education Benchmarking's monthly newsletter.  After my recent piece on technology in the classroom, my friend Ron Wolk and I carried on a dialogue about...

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