Education: When more is less

The “more is always better” approach to instructional time is a  popular and destructive fetish among educational policy makers (and one that goes hand-in-hand with standardized testing, about which I have previously written on this site.)  First, right off the bat, can we debunk the myth that the rest of the world educates its children…

Best and worst of times for St. Louis City parents of school kids

There is a widespread misperception that, unless it’s a Catholic school or very expensive private school, to send your children to school in the city of St. Louis is to commit them to a fate of under-resourced classrooms, poorly behaved (even dangerous) classmates, incompetent teachers, and academic underachievement.  But that perception is not reality.  Or…

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