Big change on both sides of the pond

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Two countries confronting worries about jobs and immigration see solutions tied to education. A brief vacation in London earlier this year gave me the opportunity to chat with some education counterparts who, like me, bridge the academic and policy worlds. The timing of my visit made for much mutual commiserating. Like the U.S., the United [...]

Choice for Secretary of Education

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The new Secretary of Education is likely to have a hard time pushing her school choice agenda. Donald Trump’s selection of billionaire Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education generated an impressive amount of news when it was announced in late 2016, despite the fact that little attention was paid to education during the [...]

Next up: Team DeVos

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After all the fuss and drama associated with a presidential campaign, election, and inauguration, you’d think most political types would want to step away from the fray and go into hibernation somewhere far away from the nation’s capitol. Not so in Washington. Political gamesmanship is never more prevalent that during a presidential transition. As the [...]

One step forward, two steps back in Maryland

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The influence of a single industry seems to be swaying policy makers to introduce changes in the school calendar at a time when national leaders are calling for more and better time for learning. If you wonder how well and how much states heed messages from Washington, you need look no farther than the nearby [...]

Education for the ‘us first’ crowd

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Now that Election Day has come and gone, my reckoning on the 2016 presidential campaign is underway. Putting aside Donald Trump’s historic upset over Hillary Clinton, the issue I have struggled most with is the divisiveness and anger that was exposed during the campaign. The toxicity of this race had a way of invading everything, [...]

The children are watching

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The adult antics in the political arena are shaping the attitudes of this country’s future voters and participants in the process. Neither of the leading presidential candidates has said much about education during their campaigns. But that doesn’t mean the campaign hasn’t affected what children are learning. Yes, Mrs. Clinton has reminded voters that she [...]

Academic emphasis may not be enough for Americans

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New PDK poll suggests the time may be right to infuse academics with more career-readiness. If there was ever a summer of discontent, this year has brought it forth. Much like the summer of 1968, when violence, war, and upheaval was everyday news in the U.S. and abroad, the summer of 2016 has been equally [...]

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