Frederick M. Hess
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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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How to Help Policymakers Help You

April 2, 2015 at 9:58 am

On Monday, I penned a column about "Why Can't Politicians Get Out of Schooling?" It was met with some predictable pushback, including by readers who asked why pols pick on teachers and not cops or doctors. Of course, that's just flat wrong. Go ask those police in New York City who turned their backs on the mayor or physicians furious about accountability metrics and reimbursement rates written into the Affordable Care Act. The reality is that public employees and those reliant on public funds are always subject to political decisions, and those decisions are always informed by lots of things other than what the affected parties think would make for good policy.

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Why Can't Politicians Get Out of Schooling?

March 30, 2015 at 8:34 am

This is one of the queries I heard most often when interviewing teachers for The Cage-Busting Teacher or just when talking about the issue of educators, public officials, and education policy. After all, talented educators regularly share their frustrations with this accountability system or that approach to teacher evaluation. They bemoan politicians who won't spend enough on schools, listen to them, or ask their advice. They ask why policymakers don't mind their own business and let educators run the schools. What they're ignoring is that those officials are responsible to all those millions of registered voters—and their kids.

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