Special Report: 10 Big Ideas in Education

What issues have the potential to define—or redefine—education? Is there a next "big thing" that could shift the K-12 experience or conversation? These were the questions Education Week set out to answer in this second annual "10 Big Ideas in Education" report. (Read the 2018 report here.)

Accompanied by compelling illustrations and perspectives from leading researchers, advocates, and practitioners, the essays in this report might make you uncomfortable, or seem improbable. What do these ideas have in common? They share a sense of urgency.


Special Report: 10 Big Ideas in Education

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