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Personality Quiz: Am I a Wannabe Edu-Bureaucrat?

May 28, 2015 at 8:00 am

Once, would-be reformers mostly agreed that century-old practices weren't working anymore but admitted we were unsure as to just what should come next. We agreed on the importance of accountability for results but wanted room for new approaches to policy and practice—and hoped a variety of smart solutions would emerge. In the last five years or so, however, some reformers have evinced a growing faith in bureaucratic fixes. Abandoning the humble notion that it takes time to figure things out, such reformers have instead decided that regulation and top-down oversight can fix everything, everywhere, in a hurry (so long as it's all overseen by really smart people, like them and their friends). How can you tell if you're one of these aspiring bureaucrats, and whether you should dress accordingly? As a public service, I've tapped my old Ph.D. in government skills to provide this quick, easy-to-take quiz. Just answer the following true/false questions and tally up your answers to see how you score.

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What College Rank's "30 Best College Leisure Pools" Says About Higher Ed

May 26, 2015 at 8:15 am

Hidy all, I'm back. While I was away, I spent a bit of time reflecting on the tidal wave of press releases, suggested blogs, announcements, offers, and PR noise that floods my inbox nowadays. The whole morass is disconcerting, but some of it can also prove revealing (usually, I think, in ways unintended).

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Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Lemov, Chartock, Eskelsen García, & More!

April 10, 2015 at 3:30 pm

So, I'm going to take a blogging sabbatical for a bit. As regular readers know, my new book The Cage-Busting Teacher arrives later this month, and I'll be taking a bit of time while handing the RHSU reins over to some folks with an array of views on the stuff of cage-busting. (If you're interested, we'll be doing what should be a pretty lively official launch event on April 15 at AEI in Washington, DC; join us or watch the livestream. More information is available here.) Meanwhile, let's preview your lineup of guest stars.

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Creativity, Cartels, and the Supply Side of Choice-Based Reform

April 9, 2015 at 10:15 am

One of my looooooong-standing frustrations is that talk about school choice, competition, markets, and the rest tends to be soaked in confusion, apology, spin, and invective. It feels like almost everything of note gets lost in debates about whether "school choice works" and amidst hoary claims of "privatization."

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Of Talkers and Doers

April 7, 2015 at 9:01 am

In life, there are doers and there are talkers. Doers are the people who teach students, care for patients, coordinate deliveries, manage businesses, drive trucks, build houses, code software, engineer products, and the rest. Talkers are people who talk about these things.

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