Washington Monthly

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How Obama Got Schooled

Under pressure from right and left, the president signed away hard-won federal power over K-12 education and gutted his own reforms, even as they were working. Continue reading

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Producing the Smartest Kids in the World

Other countries’ schools outperform ours by following a philosophy that is—or ought to be—very American: innate talent is less important than sheer drive. Continue reading

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Character Matters

Liberals don’t want to admit it, and conservatives don’t want to pay for it, but building character—resilience, optimism, perseverance, focus—may be the best way to help poor students succeed. Continue reading

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Rhee Engineering Education

Has D.C.’s radical experiment in school reform really worked? A review of The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation’s Worst School District, by Richard Whitmire
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How Public School Teaching Got Cool

Teach for America’s 20th anniversary bash in Washington, DC, proved that public education is increasingly a destination for the best-and-brightest. Continue reading

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High Schools: Small is Still Beautiful

Breaking up big, dysfunctional high schools into smaller units looked like a reform that failed. Look again. Continue reading

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Raising Standards? Raising Dropout Rates?

President Obama wants to lower the dropout rate. He also wants to raise academic standards. But does one come at the expense of the other? Continue reading

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