Tucker’s Blogs

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...

Cross-posted at Education Week The nations with the best-performing education systems have two things in common that have nothing to do with the specific education policies and practices they have embraced.  The first has to do with the goals they have chosen to embrace.  The second...

Cross-posted at Education Week David Brooks wrote a column that ran in the New York Times on May 1 that got me thinking.  In it, he points out that the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood that Freddie Gray lived in was not exactly neglected.  Yes, Gray was poor.  But...

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