Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week I'm really looking forward to our sailing trip next month. I've been wondering lately what you have been thinking about what you want to do after high school.  At 16, this must seem to you to be a long way away, but...

Cross-posted at Education Week An interesting story appeared on the op-ed  page of the New York Times on July 22.  In it, Sandeep Jauhar, a cardiologist, tells a story of accountability gone awry.  It seems that a number of states got a bright idea a while...

Cross-posted at Education Week In the more than a quarter of a century that our organization has been researching the world's top-performing education systems, we have yet to see one that lacks a very strong instructional core.  Conversely, we rarely see such strong instructional cores in...

Cross-posted at Education Week I find myself reading the news regarding the ESEA reauthorization with a certain gnashing of teeth. Fed up with what they see—legitimately—as all-consuming federal overreach, the Congress seeks to move the center of gravity back to the states. But it seems to...

Cross-posted at Education Week The table next to my bed is always stacked with a changing array of books waiting to be read, very much like the airplanes stacked in the approach pattern to major airports, waiting to land.  Some are recently written and in the...

Cross-posted at Education Week Why do some countries grow rich and others languish in poverty?  This is the question addressed in a very important new book, The Knowledge Capital of Nations, by Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann, and in a paper by the same authors titled,...

Cross-posted at Education Week Commencement speakers typically exhort their captive audience to follow their dream instead of being careerists.  Everyone else is telling young people to be practical, forget the liberal arts, pick out a career in a high-demand field and go for it.  In an...

Cross-posted at Education Week Two weeks ago, I published a blog post suggesting that some leaders of the civil rights community might want to reassess their support for annual testing in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Since then Kati Haycock and Jonah...

Cross-posted at Education Week Stories about computers taking jobs away from humans are in the news these days.  This blog will turn the tables, at least a bit.  It is about the need for teachers to take on a job that computers have long done: scoring...

Sign up to receive updates from NCEE

* indicates required
Check here if you would like to receive information about NCEE Events in DC