Tucker’s Blogs

Cross-posted at Education Week. I was blasted the other day for having just discovered the virtues of capitalism by a friend who was irritated at my lack of support for charter schools.  He and many others view charters as a quintessentially capitalist way to introduce competition...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I heard the other day that Andreas Schleicher had been invited to address the NAEP governing board.  Long overdue, I thought, but better late than never.  The design of PISA makes it a much more valuable tool than NAEP for sorting out...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The United States appears to have taken sides in the great Middle East confrontation between Shia Islam and Sunni Islam, which is to say, in geopolitical terms, between Iran and Saudi Arabia.  We have chosen the Saudis.  And, in choosing the Saudis,...

Cross-posted at Education Week. It's Thanksgiving Day, a uniquely American institution. We've put the old wicker porch furniture away for the season, along with the grill and the hoses. The dahlias have been dug up and stowed, the boat and the float are out of the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. My last blog was a brief summary of a paper commissioned by the Government of New South Wales, Australia for use as part of a symposium on Education for a Changing World.  In it, I described how artificial intelligence, automation, robotics, natural...

Cross-posted at Education Week. The following blog is an abstract of an article I wrote for the Government of New South Wales, Australia, for use as part of a symposium on Education for a Changing World.  To see the full article and a companion piece I...

Cross-posted at Education Week. I was sitting in the back of the hearing room yesterday when the very competent staff of the Maryland legislature made a fascinating presentation to the Maryland Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Education, known to all in the state as the...

Cross-posted at Education Week. Should all teachers be licensed by the state? That's not quite how the question is being raised.  The question that has now come to the fore is whether charter schools and charter networks should be allowed to certify their own teachers. So why did...

Cross-posted at Education Week. NCEE came to the conclusion almost 20 years ago that school leadership development is the most efficient driver of comprehensive school reform available.  As the old saw has it, none of us had ever seen a great school led by an incompetent...

Cross-posted at Education Week. In last week's blog, I pointed out that, when the first PISA results were released in 2001, students in Germany and the United States both performed at about the average for all countries in the survey, but Germany reacted with what came...

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