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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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School Choice & Charters Opinion Attend These Charter Schools. Leave With College Credentials
The founder of a charter network discusses how his schools bring a K-16 model to the K-12 system.
Rick Hess, March 30, 2023
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Student Well-Being Opinion The Idea of Social-Emotional Learning Makes Sense. But Its Execution Doesn't
SEL is a mixed bag with plenty to criticize. Rick Hess and Jal Mehta discuss their feelings about it.
Rick Hess, March 27, 2023
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Policy & Politics Opinion The Dangers of Apocalyptic Thinking
Even in the face of troubling realities, educators can inspire their students by leading with a sense of hope.
Rick Hess, March 21, 2023
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School & District Management Opinion How to Build a More Effective School Board
Board members are well-intentioned, but they've been mis-trained into focusing on adult inputs rather than student needs.
Rick Hess, March 16, 2023
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Social Studies Opinion DeSantis’ Take on AP African American Studies Was Principled. The Media’s Response Was Not
News coverage characterized the concern as an unwillingness to teach about racism rather than how to teach it.
Rick Hess, March 13, 2023
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Policy & Politics Opinion Are Cultural Clashes Over K-12 Normal?
An examination of education reform throughout the decades reveals that value-laden debates, not technocratic ones, seem to be the rule.
Rick Hess, March 8, 2023
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Teaching Profession Opinion A Conservative Teacher’s Take on 'What Is Wrong With Our Schools'
An English teacher and author discusses his ideas for returning to the principles of classical liberalism and American exceptionalism.
Rick Hess, March 2, 2023
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Policy & Politics Opinion Tips and Cautions for Educators and Policymakers From Influential Scholars
What some of the nation’s most influential education scholars have to say about practice, policy, and research.
Rick Hess, February 27, 2023
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Social Studies Opinion Teaching the Complicated Legacies of the Founding Fathers
These are hugely significant, fascinating, complex figures. We must prepare students to grapple with the facts of their lives.
Rick Hess, February 21, 2023
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School Choice & Charters Opinion A Charter Academy Delivering a ‘Classical’ Education Grows in Popularity
At its core, Great Hearts Academy seeks to foster virtuous human beings, explains the schools' CEO.
Rick Hess, February 16, 2023
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Federal Opinion Is This the Key to Unlocking Breakthrough Education Research?
An innovative federal R&D program for education is getting underway. Rick Hess and Jal Mehta discuss their mixed feelings about it.
Rick Hess, February 13, 2023
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School Choice & Charters Opinion How Are Charter Schools Faring in Our Polarized Political Era?
There are several distinct and passionate school communities that reside under the charter school banner. Can they work alongside another?
Rick Hess, February 9, 2023
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Student Achievement Opinion How Much Faith Should Educators Have in High-Dosage Tutoring?
What matters is less whether schools or systems spend money on high-dosage tutoring than how they do it.
Rick Hess, February 6, 2023
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Early Childhood Opinion What K-12 Can Learn from Pre-K
Early-childhood education has valuable lessons to share with K-12.
Rick Hess, January 31, 2023
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