Education

Pushing Up Ivies: Institutional Prestige and the Academic Caste System

By Robert L. Oprisko, Kirstie Lynn Dobbs, and Joseph DiGrazia Not all university professors are equal; they are not all peers. In academic hiring, candidates are often evaluated almost entirely upon their research output rather than their teaching prowess or service. Using Oprisko’s procedural theory of honor, we can understand the hierarchic nature of academia as…

Investing in Innovation: The Economic Case for Early Childhood Education

Dr. Art Rolnick is a former senior vice president and director of research of the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis and the author of the TEDx talk “The Economic Case for Early Childhood Development.” Recently, Senior Interview Editor Ingrid Stegemoeller had a discussion with Dr. Rolnick on the economic arguments behind investing in early childhood, a…

A Good Education is a Privilege All Children Should Have

By Henry Schleifer This article originally appeared in the Wilmington News-Journal. New beginnings are ripe for new perspectives. As young freshmen descend on college campuses across the country, I have been reflecting on my own undergraduate experience and thinking about my own journey to college. I grew up in the suburbs where property values were…

Interview with Rick Hess: The Challenges for US Education Policy to stay Competitive in a Global Economy

On October 3rd, Executive Interview Editor Kathryn Short had a chance to sit down with Rick Hess, Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).  In this interview with The Review, he discussed his views on education policy and its role in making a competitive American workforce in a…

Education Reform in America: Plausible or Implausible?

by Rose Tutera-Baldauf In the wake of November’s election, the District of Columbia issued a chilling referendum on education reform, leading to the resignation of Chancellor Michelle Rhee. However, the election results have far broader implications for the future of public education. As the 112th Congress convenes in January, education advocates wonder about the fate…

Republished Interview with John Boehner

The recent midterm elections placed the Republicans firmly in the majority in the House of Representatives, setting up Congressman John Boehner to become the new Speaker of the House. Not long ago, GPPR staff sat down with Representative Boehner—then-chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce—for a brief discussion on education reform and…

Of Hereos and Villains

A review of  the film “Waiting for Superman,” directed by David Guggenheim by Padmini Jambulapati It just feels right to watch Waiting for Superman in Houston.  The city has become a hotbed for innovation in education reform, in part, because it is home to the first Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) schools.  As the many education…