Frederick M. Hess
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No College Left Behind?

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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By Frederick M. Hess  |  Thu, September 29, 2016 9:00 AM  |  Permalink

5 Thoughts on the Trump-Clinton Debate: Education Edition

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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By Frederick M. Hess  |  Tue, September 27, 2016 9:00 AM  |  Permalink

Education Takes 11th in '16

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.

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By Frederick M. Hess  |  Thu, September 22, 2016 9:00 AM  |  Permalink

As an Education Prez, Trump Would Be Obama's Spiritual Heir

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.

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By Frederick M. Hess  |  Tue, September 20, 2016 9:00 AM  |  Permalink

My Mixed Feelings on XQ's 'Super Schools'

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.

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By Frederick M. Hess  |  Thu, September 15, 2016 9:00 AM  |  Permalink

Talking HBO and School Reform

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.

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By Frederick M. Hess  |  Wed, September 14, 2016 9:00 AM  |  Permalink

Five Thoughts on Trump's Education Speech

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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By Frederick M. Hess  |  Fri, September 9, 2016 9:00 AM  |  Permalink

Trump's Big 'Education Week'

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."

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By Frederick M. Hess  |  Tue, September 6, 2016 9:00 AM  |  Permalink

A Half-Dozen Thoughts Prompted by My Summer School Turn

I spent the past week teaching cage-busting leadership at Rice's Jones School of Business and then policy at UPenn's Graduate School of Education. I think I clocked something like 30 or 35 instructional hours over seven or eight days. It wore me out. Being around so many talented midcareer educational leaders was also exhilarating (at least when I wasn't leaving students bored or confused). All the fevered discussions prompted some reflections. For what it's worth, here are a half-dozen I thought I'd share.

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By Frederick M. Hess  |  Wed, July 27, 2016 9:00 AM  |  Permalink

RHSU Flashback: The Common-Core View From 2022

Education Next just released a sharp piece by Ashley Jochim and Pat McGuinn that documents the steady rate at which states are slinking away from the Common Core assessments and muses on the politics of the whole thing. Along with the venture's steadily eroding popular support and general flolloping, I was prompted to revisit some of the back-and-forth that accompanied the Common Core back in its early days. In that spirit, I thought it might be worth dusting off a column I penned in May of 2012, "The Fate of The Common Core: The View from 2022." Would be curious to hear where readers thought the piece was prescient . . . and where it wasn't.

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By Frederick M. Hess  |  Wed, July 13, 2016 9:00 AM  |  Permalink

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