Q&A

These Q&As feature some of the field's most prominent education scholars, leaders, and practitioners talking about important education issues
Science Q&A Science Denial in the Classroom: What Causes It? How Should Teachers Respond?
Rejection of scientific consensus is informed by students' attitudes, networks, and cognitive shortcomings. Here's how to head it off.
Stephen Sawchuk, November 23, 2021
16 min read
School & District Management Q&A School Libraries and Controversial Books: Tips From the Front Lines
A top school librarian explains how districts can prepare for possible challenges to student reading materials and build trust with parents.
Evie Blad, November 19, 2021
6 min read
Teaching Q&A Q&A: What Is Culturally Responsive Teaching?
A Native education expert explains what culturally responsive teaching is and why it is so important for students.
Kaylee Domzalski, November 17, 2021
3 min read
Education Funding Q&A No Federal Infrastructure Money? Not OK, Says a Superintendent With Century-Old Buildings
A massive congressional spending package likely won’t include federal funding to improve school buildings. But schools' dire needs remain.
Mark Lieberman, October 29, 2021
5 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion The High School Network Providing Students With On-the-Job Training
Rick Hess speaks with Cristo Rey Network President Elizabeth Goettl about the network's innovative work-study program.
Rick Hess, October 28, 2021
7 min read
Policy & Politics Opinion Schooling Is in Tempestuous Times. Troublemaker Checker Finn Weighs In
Chester E. Finn Jr., a force in American education for more than four decades, talks about testing, school choice, excellence, and more.
Rick Hess, October 21, 2021
7 min read
Classroom Technology Q&A How Much Screen Time Is Too Much? The Answer Is 'It Depends'
Educators need to consider the context, the content, and the individual child when deciding how much screen time kids should have.
Alyson Klein, October 5, 2021
4 min read
Early Childhood Opinion The Problems With Biden’s Universal Pre-K Proposal
An early-childhood education leader expresses concerns that the universal pre-K plan risks separating pre-K from the wider child-care sector.
Rick Hess, October 4, 2021
5 min read
Families & the Community Opinion A New Group Battling for Freedom of Thought in Education
Rick Hess speaks with the founder of a new network of teachers and parents who support freedom of thought and expression in education.
Rick Hess, September 23, 2021
7 min read
Classroom Technology Q&A Pandemic Fuels Tech Advances in Schools. Here's What That Looks Like
One district chief technology officer calculates the pandemic has propelled his school system as many as five years into the future.
Arianna Prothero, September 14, 2021
7 min read
Student Well-Being Q&A Do Masks Stunt Students’ Social and Emotional Development? An Expert Weighs In
An argument against requiring masks in school is that they stunt kids' ability to read emotions and build relationships. Is that true?
Arianna Prothero, August 25, 2021
6 min read
College & Workforce Readiness Opinion Can College-Going Be Less Risky Without Being 'Free'?
Rick Hess speaks with Peter Samuelson, president of Ardeo Education Solutions, about Ardeo's approach to make paying for college less risky.
Rick Hess, August 25, 2021
5 min read
School & District Management Q&A Will Delta Push Schools to the Brink (Again)? This Infectious Disease Expert Is Worried
Dr. Paul A. Offit says schools that can't enforce mask wearing or use remote learning could end up in a "dangerous situation."
Catherine Gewertz, August 11, 2021
4 min read
Teaching Profession Q&A Teachers' Union President: Say 'No to Censorship, and Yes to Teaching the Truth'
National Education Association President Becky Pringle discusses some of the challenges and priorities for the nation's largest teachers' union.
Madeline Will, July 7, 2021
8 min read