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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 Does School Choice 'Work'?
Ultimately, the “how” of educational choice may matter more than the “what.”
Rick Hess, May 21, 2024
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School Choice & Charters Opinion 'Control Freaks' Are 'Losing Their Grip' on Education
"School choice evangelist" says new laws are a response to unions, bureaucracies, and K-12 ideologues.
Rick Hess, May 16, 2024
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Social Studies Opinion Make History Exciting Again for Students
National History Day seeks to engage young people in deep examination of the past.
Rick Hess, May 14, 2024
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Student Achievement Opinion The Trouble With 'Equitable Grading'
Equitable grading does in fact lead to lower standards, argue two critics of the practice.
Rick Hess, May 8, 2024
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Curriculum Opinion Classical Education Is Taking Off. What’s the Appeal?
Classical schooling is an apprenticeship to the great minds and creators of the past, enabling students to develop their own thinking.
Rick Hess, May 6, 2024
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Student Achievement Opinion Does 'Grading for Equity' Result in Lower Standards?
Equitable grading doesn’t call for heightened leniency, says the author of a book on the subject.
Rick Hess, April 29, 2024
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Policy & Politics Opinion Where Do Democrats Stand on Education?
The politics of education reform have shifted drastically since the Obama era. How has one Democratic education group responded?
Rick Hess, April 22, 2024
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School & District Management Opinion Why Schools Struggle With Implementation. And How They Can Do Better
Improvement efforts often sputter when the rubber hits the road. But do they have to?
Rick Hess, April 15, 2024
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Policy & Politics Opinion Is Education Research Too Political?
Outgoing Institute of Education Sciences Director Mark Schneider laments politicization at the Ed. Department—and in academia writ large.
Rick Hess, April 10, 2024
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Federal Opinion 'Jargon' and 'Fads': Departing IES Chief on State of Ed. Research
Better writing, timelier publication, and more focused research centers can help improve the field, Mark Schneider says.
Rick Hess, April 8, 2024
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Policy & Politics Opinion What Do Leading Edu-Scholars Think About DEI, Reading, and Research?
An informal survey of the 2024 RHSU Edu-Scholars reveals vast differences in their perspectives.
Rick Hess, April 1, 2024
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Federal Opinion Student Literacy Rates Are Concerning. How Can We Turn This Around?
The ranking Republican senator on the education committee wants to hear from educators and families about making improvements.
Rick Hess, March 25, 2024
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Student Well-Being Opinion School Sports Matter. How to Make Them Matter More
The skills we hope sports will teach are the very ones that help produce successful graduates and responsible citizens.
Rick Hess, March 18, 2024
8 min read
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Student Well-Being Opinion How Bad Journalism Encourages Bad Education Research
Favorable accounts of lackluster studies corrode the credibility of both researchers and reporters.
Rick Hess, March 11, 2024
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