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Liam Julian
Malcolm Gladwell, kicking-off last week's New Yorker Conference, spoke about the mismatch problem--i.e., the hiring of people based on qualities or characteristics that have little or nothing to do with what delivers success in the position being filled. For example, Gladwell discussed how scouting...
The Ed in '08 chairman told ABC News : My reasons are that the party needs to get on right now with a lot of business, including figuring out what to do with Michigan and Florida. It's important to make known right now not only my vote but as many superdelegates as possible. Asked if this...
Today at a big wing-ding on federal education research sponsored by Education Sector and several other groups , former Deputy Secretary of Education Marshall (Mike) Smith agreed that it was probably a mistake to have carved the Education Department (ED) out of the old Department of Health,...
I started my career teaching British, American, and world literature to high school kids. So I'm not thrilled to see the steady decline in the number of books read by middle and high school students. We're told that last year, on average, 2nd graders read roughly 46.2 books compared to 4.5 books...
Megan McArdle reflects thoughtfully on teachers unions today at Atlantic.com. I found this bit especially interesting: Unions also give teachers power to resist changes that make their jobs less fun. I think the teachers genuinely believe that these changes are bad; but I also think that they...
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Informed sources say the finalists to succeed Chris DeMuth as president of the American Enterprise Institute are Princeton's Robbie George and Columbia's Glenn Hubbard--youngish, brilliant, and dynamic, both.
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Fordham is thrilled to welcome Amber Winkler to our ranks. As our brand new Research Director ( see her bio ), she'll be overseeing Fordham's vast research enterprise (and helping us produce sophisticated studies like this one ). And she's blogging too! We're a boy band no longer.
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Standards and accountability hawks (Fordham??swirls among them) have never adequately explained how top-down accountability systems avoid situations such as this . After an exhaustive investigation of Tucson's schools, the Arizona Daily Star reports: In the 2006-07 school year alone, nine in 10...
Anyone who's been following politics lately knows that Senator Barack Obama's relationship with unrepentant bomber and former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers has become a matter of debate in the 2008 campaign. What's beyond debate, however, is Ayers's connection to Arnetha F. Ball of Stanford...
You might not agree with this column 's political bent, but Stanley Crouch is right to blast away at anti-intellectualism in American life: We should be ever suspicious of anyone or any group that scorns education, that pretends to believe that only the simple and the uncomplicated can express the...

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