Japanese Translation

This month, November 2018, a translation in Japanese of my book, Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools, was released in Tokyo. I want to thank the University of Tokyo Press for this opportunity, and also thank you to the Harvard Education Press for working with...

It’s time to redefine the federal role in K-12 education

In December 2015, when President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001 — congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle breathed a deep sigh of relief. Not only had NCLB grown...

Remember

When I was young, my parents bought a house in a neighborhood that German and Swedish Protestants were leaving because they did not want to live with Irish, Polish, Italian and other Catholics. Despite that feeling, we all survived, prospered, and even married those...

Teachers’ views have not been heeded

Teachers’ views have not been accorded the weight they deserve in seeking school improvement. Just the opposite–teachers have been unfairly blamed for the lack of progress. Listen to John Thompson for some realism from the classroom....