Frederick M. Hess
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As an Education Prez, Trump Would Be Obama's Spiritual Heir

September 20, 2016 at 9:00 am

On the Ed Week homepage, Max Eden and I lament the lack of a conservative in the presidential contest. We argue that a conservative candidate is sorely needed after 16 years of Bush-Obama tutelage in the perils of federal education expansionism.

What's that? You say that Donald Trump is a conservative? Not so much. Trump has spent at least half his adult life as a Democrat, has been on every side of every major issue, and seems wholly unacquainted with the Constitution. As Max and I put it, "Trump will occasionally utter conservative-sounding phrases, but he's no conservative—he shows no taste for limited government, no respect for federalism, and no faith in local institutions."

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My Mixed Feelings on XQ's 'Super Schools'

September 15, 2016 at 9:00 am

Yesterday, the organizers of "XQ: The Super School Project" announced the ten winners of its competition to reimagine the American high school. Each winner took home $10 million to help turn its design into reality.

I think the idea is appealing. I wholly agree with the premise that high school needs to be rethought, and that the work is best done by educators and entrepreneurs in real schools and communities, not by politicos, bureaucrats, well-fed consultants, or us self-impressed think tank types.

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Talking HBO and School Reform

September 14, 2016 at 9:00 am

While I was on blog break in August finishing Letters to a Young Education Reformer, HBO host John Oliver did a segment making fun of charter schools. The result? A large swath of the education policy world lost it. It was like Bill Clinton and the Loch Ness Monster had crashed a Trump rally. Some folks were livid, others were elated (Robert Pondiscio had the best take on the whole thinghere). Given that I'm still getting emails about it, I thought the following conversation might be worth sharing.

I hopped into my Uber just as I was wrapping up yet another heated phone conversation about Oliver's segment.

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Five Thoughts on Trump's Education Speech

September 9, 2016 at 9:00 am

Yesterday, at the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy, Donald Trump delivered a speech about his education vision. As I've repeatedly noted, there's no point in putting a lot of stock in his speeches and utterances. Trump says stuff. It's mostly performance art. He's changed his mind many times on questions big and small (remember, in 2012 he declared that Mitt Romney had been too tough on illegal immigration; he's flip-flopped on gun control; heck, he was recently a Democrat). And Trump has himself told us not to take his policy proposals literally. So, it's a mistake to read anything much into the remarks. That said, here are five quick thoughts.

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Trump's Big 'Education Week'

September 6, 2016 at 9:00 am

Last week was billed as the Trump campaign's big "education week." If you didn't notice, that's okay. I don't think Trump did either. As a Vox headline aptly put it: "Donald Trump started to describe his education policy. Then he never finished his sentence."

In the midst of a lazy August, the run-up to Trump's education week prompted a mini-frenzy in D.C. education circles. After all, a major party nominee was going to devote a WHOLE WEEK to sketching out his education views. Woo-hoo! Reporters were hustling to find out what Trump might say and who his people had been talking to.

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Books by Frederick M. Hess

Cover of Cage-Busting Leadership Cover of The Same Thing Over and Over Cover of No Child Left Behind Cover of Tough Love for Schools Cover of Common Sense School Reform Cover of Revolution at the Margins Cover of Bringing the Social Sciences Alive Cover of Spinning Wheels

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