Frederick M. Hess
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No College Left Behind?

September 29, 2016 at 9:00 am

As I've said before, higher education reform increasingly feels like a rerun of the past two decades of K-12 reform—only on a 15 year time delay. In the past few years, President Obama and now Hillary Clinton have issued proposals that would give Washington unprecedented sway over higher ed, and these are gaining traction. It looks increasingly like we're on the cusp of higher ed's NCLB moment.

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5 Thoughts on the Trump-Clinton Debate: Education Edition

September 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

I just spent an evening watching the first Trump-Clinton debate. I feel like I need a long shower. I don't know about you, but I found that to be one of the least enlightening and most tedious Monday nights I can remember. Anyway, a few quick thoughts.

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Education Takes 11th in '16

September 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

Today, my colleague Kelsey Hamilton and I released a look at how much attention the public is paying to education this year. We used the monthly Gallup surveys and the (occasional) CBS News surveys for 2016. You can read the brief here, but I figured I'd give RHSU readers a quick look at the takeaways.

For those who don't track such things, here's the deal: Each month, Gallup asks about 1,000 adults, "What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?" Respondents write in their answer, and Gallup tabulates those responses into about 30 different categories. CBS News does pretty much the same thing, just less frequently and with about 20 categories.

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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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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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