Tucker’s Blogs

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...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Betsy Brown Ruzzi, the Director of our Center on International Education Benchmarking and I decided a while back that we needed to take a group of NCEE's senior staff to several of the top-performing countries that we've been studying over the years...

Cross-posted at Education Week. NCEE's Center on International Education Benchmarking released an important new report this week by noted Australian researcher Ben Jensen and his colleagues at Learning First. Not So Elementary: Primary School Teacher Quality in Top-Performing Systems looks at what may be described as...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Western educators tend to ascribe the success of Asian students on international assessments of student performance to Asian culture, by which they seem to mean the high value that Asian families place on student achievement and success in school.  Those with deeper...

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...

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