Category Archives: Learning

How to Know What to Do

February 12, 2015 Our son, Robbie, is now a sixth grader at Mount Ararat Middle School in Topsham, Maine. He has the great good fortune to have Mrs. Latti as his principal teacher. She teaches the class science and math … Continue reading

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The Heart and Soul of a School

October 28, 2103 From the final report of visiting committee to Germantown Friends School with regard to its re-accreditation by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools: The classroom is the heart and soul of Germantown Friends School, a place where … Continue reading

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Liberal Arts Versus Technical/Career Education

June 29, 2013 A recent New York Times column by Verlyn Klinkenborg lamenting the decline of English majors has reignited a long smouldering disagreement about what students should study in college. The disagreement has various faces but is usually posed … Continue reading

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The Elusive Idea of Quality: A Tale of Two Titles

March 17, 2013 There is an important story given prominence in the today’s New York Times: talented, low-income high school students are not applying (and therefore not attending) highly selective colleges and universities, even though it wouldn’t cost them any … Continue reading

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Evaluating Teachers: The Current View from K-12

February 24, 2013 Ezra Klein, the Washington Post’s chief policy wonk, has a fascinating, upbeat interview with Thomas Kane about the evaluation of teachers. Kane is professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and faculty … Continue reading

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Global Education

February 5, 2013 Now out in Liberal Education, the main journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, an article I co-wrote with Grant Cornwell, Haifa Jamal Al-Lail and Celeste Schenk: “An Education for the Twenty-First Century: Stewardship of … Continue reading

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Teaching vs. Learning

November 15, 2012 Alex Tabarrok holds the Bartley J. Madden Chair in Economics at George Mason University, and, with Tyler Cowen, writes the influential and entertaining economics blog Marginal Revolution.  He’s recently written a piece for the Cato Institute on … Continue reading

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