COVID-19 and Our Schools: The Real Challenge When the full scope of the COVID-19 crisis became clear earlier this year, most states shut down their schools for a few weeks, hoping that the crisis would pass quickly. Colleges and universities did the same. Now schools are...

Race in America 2020 There were slaves from Africa in the American colonies in the early 1600s.  When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, more than a hundred years later, with its simple, clear and inextinguishable phrase about all men being created equal, he owned...

On Monday, February 17, in an unprecedented joint session, the Maryland legislature gathered for a marathon hearing on a revolutionary piece of legislation aimed at transforming the state’s education system, the first step on the path to a final vote later this Spring. The committees...

The latest results from the triennial Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) surveys are out. Four Chinese provinces topped the league tables again. And again, it is so obvious to the critics that China must be cheating that they argue the results should be dismissed...

Regular readers of this blog know that I frequently point out that the United States spends a lot more per student than the countries with the best student performance. But you may have also noticed that, in the same breath, I am quick to point...

Not long ago, I was reading a recent statistical report on the condition of education worldwide that had gotten a lot of attention in the education press. I was fascinated by the insights contained in the analysis that accompanied the numbers. So, I resolved that my...

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