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Rick Hess Straight Up

Education policy maven Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute think tank offers straight talk on matters of policy, politics, research, and reform. Read more from this blog.

Education policy maven Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute think tank (AEI), author of books like The Same Thing Over and Over, Letters to a Young Education Reformer, and A Search for Common Ground, offers straight talk on matters of policy, politics, research, and reform. Rick’s takes are his alone and do not represent AEI or Education Week. Follow Rick on Twitter at @rickhess99.

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Teaching Opinion Students Need to Learn Good Habits, Even When They Don't Seem Logical
Clarity around behavior, homework, and classroom conduct can help students cultivate the kinds of habits that will stand them in good stead.
Rick Hess, September 27, 2022
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Classroom Technology Opinion Virtual Reality Looks Cool, But Can It Actually Help Schools Teach Math?
A VR company founded in 2019 to offer a learning solution for math now serves over 20,000 students.
Rick Hess, September 22, 2022
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Teaching Opinion New Book Offers Tried-and-True Advice on Classroom Practice
American education has a thing for shiny “innovations," but sometimes sensible, effective advice of experienced teachers is what is best.
Rick Hess, September 19, 2022
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Student Well-Being Opinion Searching for Common Ground: High School Football’s Risks and Rewards
Safety concerns with high school football are real, but the sport also has value for student athletes.
Rick Hess, September 13, 2022
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Bigotry Is Bigotry, Even If You Call It Equity
Calling out instances of prejudice is not only a moral imperative. It could also go a long way toward healing some of our frayed trust.
Rick Hess, September 8, 2022
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School & District Management Opinion How School Reform Can End Up Like Stone Soup
Reform involves winners and losers, values and unanticipated consequences, and is almost never a simple question of “what works.”
Rick Hess, September 6, 2022
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Professional Development Opinion 6 Myths About Teacher Professional Development
What's working and what can we do better to make PD the solution it's intended to be? Scholars take a crack at it.
Rick Hess, August 29, 2022
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Teaching Profession Opinion A Veteran Teacher Pens a Not-Your-Typical Novel About Schools. And That's a Good Thing
Class Dismissed ditches the familiar school novel formula, and it pays off nicely.
Rick Hess, August 22, 2022
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Teaching Profession Opinion Searching for Common Ground: Rick and Pedro Go to the Movies Again
Movies and TV shows like "Lean on Me" and "Friday Night Lights" center on real education issues and can help the public work through them.
Rick Hess, August 18, 2022
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Teaching Profession Opinion Searching for Common Ground: Rick and Pedro Go to the Movies
A few education-themed films aptly capture the fact that teachers are people with huge challenges in their lives.
Rick Hess, August 15, 2022
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Mathematics Opinion How Reflexive Partisanship Has Undermined Math Education
Conflict over how math is taught is not new. An educator recalls the many disputes since the 1990s.
Rick Hess, August 9, 2022
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Standards Opinion Did I Accurately Guess the Fate of the Common Core? You Be the Judge
In 2012, I imagined what the Common Core would be like in a decade. Now, readers can compare this imagined “future” to reality.
Rick Hess, August 1, 2022
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Policy & Politics Opinion From A Nation at Risk to CRT. How’d We Get Here?
How did a bipartisan school reform movement give way to a series of heated culture clashes?
Rick Hess, July 25, 2022
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion How to Make College More Affordable? Try the Charter School Model
A new organization is exploring how to make space for new colleges to emerge that also challenge the status quo.
Rick Hess, July 18, 2022
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