Frederick M. Hess
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The World Conspires to Make Expertise Unreliable

November 26, 2014 at 8:21 am

Note: This Thanksgiving week, I'm giving RHSU readers a look at my essay in Richard Elmore's Harvard Education Press volume I Used to Think...And Now I Think. Elmore's book features a variety of K-12 thinkers—including Howard Gardner, Larry Cuban, Deb Meier, and Mike Smith—discussing how their thinking on schooling has changed over time. For days one and two, see here and here.

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Wait a Minute...

November 25, 2014 at 8:35 am

Note: This Thanksgiving week, I'm giving RHSU readers a look at my essay in Richard Elmore's Harvard Education Press volume I Used to Think...And Now I Think. Elmore's book features a variety of K-12 thinkersincluding Howard Gardner, Larry Cuban, Deb Meier, and Mike Smith—discussing how their thinking on schooling has changed over time. For day one, see here.

Along my path through academia, I started to doubt whether I'd ever even be able to find a job. I'd ask myself, "Wow, I know so little and all these successful people know so much; how am I ever going to convince anyone to hire me to do anything?"

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I Used to Think...That Experts Understood the World

November 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

For the past couple of years, come Thanksgiving week I've shared part of an essay I penned for Richard Elmore's intriguing volume I Used to Think...And Now I Think. Since we've added a bunch of readers since I last ran the chapter in RHSU, and given that it's highly relevant to how I approach a host of questions—from teacher evaluation policy to professional learning communities—I thought it worth keeping up the tradition. I'll be putting the chapter up in bite-size pieces over the next few days. Without further ado:

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How School Choice Changes the Relationship Between Parents and Schools

November 20, 2014 at 11:11 am

How do parents get interested in choosing schools? How does the act of choosing a school affect parents? On this front, we know much, much less than we should. Happily, in their terrific new book The School Choice Journey, which draws on their influential work evaluating the Washington DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP), Thomas Stewart and Patrick Wolf take a deep dive into the real experiences of families in order to provide some intriguing answers. Stewart is president of Patten University and Wolf, who may currently be the nation's most influential researcher on school choice, sits in the Chair in School Choice at the University of Arkansas. (Full disclosure: The book is published as part of a series that I co-edit for Palgrave Macmillan.)

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Cage-Busting and Cat Fur

November 17, 2014 at 8:50 am

I've been talking about the notion of "cage-busting" for several years now. The concept is simple: organizations evolve to do certain things, but successful organizations outlive their original design. The trick is, it's hard for organizations to change established policies and practices in order to keep up with a changing reality. That means, if you enter a school or school system in its tenth year, much less its one hundred and tenth, you run face first into lots of older rules, regulations, and routines that no longer make a lot of sense. These are the bars that are welded into the cage.

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