Wondering why education’s great academic minds -- Ravitch, Fuller, Hoxby, Hanushek, Murnane, whomever -- aren’t in the fray advising the major presidential contenders like their counterparts in other fields? Me, too. The Education Election blog points to this free article in the Chronicle about campaign advisors who come from academia (Scholars Who Counsel Candidates Wield Power). But there is no mention of education. This means (a) education isn’t important enough to have any scholars on board, (b) there aren’t any education scholars worth having, (c) the education think tanks have pushed the academics out of the way, or (d) the article simply left them out. My guess is “C,” which is a big problem if you’re the AERA or anyone else who thinks academic research should play a role.
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