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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 What It Means to 'Teach Like a Champion' in 2022
Doug Lemov discusses what the recently released update to his classic work, Teach Like a Champion, has to offer.
Rick Hess, January 18, 2022
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Curriculum Opinion The Evidence-Based, Broadly Appealing Way to Teach Kids How to Succeed
There is broad-based support for teaching that getting a degree, job, and married—before kids—makes one more likely to avoid poverty.
Rick Hess, January 11, 2022
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Policy & Politics Opinion 2022 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence: Top Tens
Rick Hess reports on the top 10 edu-scholar finishers for five disciplinary categories.
Rick Hess, January 6, 2022
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Policy & Politics Opinion The 2022 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings
These rankings recognize the university-based scholars in the United States who did the most last year to shape educational practice and policy.
Rick Hess, January 5, 2022
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Policy & Politics Opinion The 2022 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Scoring Rubric
Tomorrow, Rick Hess will be unveiling the 2022 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Here is the methodology used to generate those rankings.
Rick Hess, January 4, 2022
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Policy & Politics Opinion What It Takes to Be an Effective Public Scholar
On Wednesday, Rick Hess will publish the 2022 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings. Today, he explains the purpose of those rankings.
Rick Hess, January 3, 2022
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Policy & Politics Opinion Coming Soon: 2022 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings
Stay tuned for the 2022 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings, which will be released right after the new year.
Rick Hess, December 21, 2021
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Policy & Politics Opinion The Top 10 RHSU Columns of 2021
Rick takes a look at some of the most popular or most impactful RHSU posts from 2021.
Rick Hess, December 20, 2021
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Social Studies Q&A Tackling Polarization Via a 'Cross-Partisan' Approach to Civics Education
Teenagers appreciate space to discuss and debate without fear of being placed in an ideological box, says civics educator Sanda Balaban.
Rick Hess, December 16, 2021
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Early Childhood Opinion Biden’s 'Build Back Better' Bill Could Decimate the Child-Care Landscape
Many families rely on faith-based child-care centers—but those providers are in peril under the Build Back Better bill's current language.
Rick Hess, December 13, 2021
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Federal Opinion How Uncle Sam Writes the Rules for Schools
Former Education Department adviser Michael Brickman explains how negotiated rule making works and why educators should pay close attention.
Rick Hess, December 9, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion It Isn’t White Supremacy for Principals to Expect Staff to Be on Time
Leaders can be sensitive to families’ different rhythms and challenges without dismissing basic professional norms.
Rick Hess, December 6, 2021
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Policy & Politics Opinion Searching for Common Ground in Angry Times
Rick Hess and Pedro Noguera discuss how polarization keeps us from appreciating the complexity of tough issues in education.
Rick Hess, December 2, 2021
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Student Well-Being Opinion Social-Emotional Learning and the Perils of Teaching as Therapy
SEL risks overburdening teachers with responsibilities they aren’t trained for, compromising their ability to build academic skills.
Rick Hess, November 29, 2021
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