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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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Classroom Technology Opinion Social Media’s Like Tossing a ’Tween the Keys to a Harley
When it comes to youth, we should think about social media as sophisticated, double-edged tools to be used carefully and deliberately.
Rick Hess, July 28, 2021
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Budget & Finance Opinion Three Tips for Spending COVID-19 Funds in Evidence-Based Ways
If COVID-19 funds targeted for evidence-based practices are going to deliver, it's crucial to be clear on what evidence is actually helpful.
Rick Hess, July 21, 2021
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Classroom Technology Opinion The Company Crowdsourcing Homework Help
Rick Hess speaks with Michal Borkowski, co-founder of Brainly, about how the site crowdsources homework questions to its millions of users.
Rick Hess, July 14, 2021
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Teaching Profession Opinion How to Improve Teaching After the Pandemic
Figuring out how to let individual teachers do more of what they’re already good at is a powerful place to start the improvement process.
Rick Hess, July 7, 2021
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Mathematics Opinion What It Takes to Actually Improve Math Education
Barry Garelick, a veteran math teacher and author, shares three reform trends that he sees contributing to problems in math education.
Rick Hess, June 30, 2021
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School Choice & Charters Opinion Taking Stock After 30 Years of Charter Schools
Rick Hess speaks with Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, on charter schools turning 30.
Rick Hess, June 22, 2021
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States Opinion The Right and Wrong Way to Address Concerns About Critical Race Theory
Legislators should consciously echo provisions of the Civil Rights Act brushed aside in the excesses of anti-racist education—not ban ideas.
Rick Hess, June 16, 2021
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College & Workforce Readiness Opinion An Economist Explains How to Make College Pay
Rick Hess speaks with Beth Akers about practical advice regarding how to choose a college, what to study, and how to pay for it.
Rick Hess, June 10, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Pump the Brakes on Drive to End Snow Days
Even setting aside (legitimate) questions about hardware, connectivity, and student preferences, ending snow days deserves careful scrutiny.
Rick Hess, June 7, 2021
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Federal Opinion Education Outlets Owe Readers More Than the Narratives They Want to Hear
It's vital that serious news organizations challenge runaway narratives and help readers avoid going down ideological rabbit holes.
Rick Hess, June 2, 2021
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Mathematics Opinion The Case for Game-Based Math Learning
Rick Hess speaks with Andrew Coulson, chief data science officer at MIND Research Institute, about the nonprofit's visual approach to math learning.
Rick Hess, May 27, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Resisting 'Anti-Racist' Education Is Neither Racist Nor Unreasonable
The opponents of anti-racism are reacting to ideas and educational practices at odds with the values and beliefs of most Americans.
Rick Hess, May 24, 2021
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Standards Opinion How the Failure of the Common Core Looked From the Ground
Steve Peha shares insights from his on-site professional-development work about why the common core failed, in a guest letter to Rick Hess.
Rick Hess, May 19, 2021
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Standards Opinion Common Core Is a Meal Kit, Not a Nothingburger
Caroline Damon argues Rick Hess and Tom Loveless sold the common core short, claiming the issue was a matter of high-quality implementation.
Rick Hess, May 13, 2021
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