Tagged Education

Active in Elementary School: Do State Physical Education Laws Affect Students’ Classroom Performance?

Childhood obesity in the United States is a growing concern for policymakers, teachers, public health officials, and parents. Over the past decade, approximately 17 percent of children and adolescents in the US—or 12.7 million individuals—were categorized as obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is about triple the rate in 1980….

Grading the 2014 State of the Union Address

By Jacob Patterson-Stein Amidst the bombast and rapid-fire punditry that accompanies the President’s annual State of the Union address, it is worth remembering that much of the platform he lays out each year is the result of meticulous policy research conducted by civil servants, think tankers, and academics. In some cases, the President’s call to…

Placement Efficiency: An Alternative Ranking Metric for Graduate Schools

By Robert L. Oprisko, Kirstie L. Dobbs, and Joseph DiGrazia Graduate school is a period of apprenticeship that aspiring academics must pass through before they may enter the professoriate. When selecting a graduate program, prospective students may factor in institutional and departmental rank, geography, the financial cost/benefit analysis, the appeal of professors’ research, and opportunities specific to…

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…

Oklahoma’s Universal Preschool Program: Better Than OK

By William T. Gormley, Jr. Over the past decade, my colleagues and I have produced a series of peer-reviewed articles evaluating the effectiveness of Oklahoma’s universal pre-K program, which President Obama praised in his State of the Union Address. Oklahoma’s program, established in 1998, now reaches approximately three-fourths of the state’s four-year-olds. The “Sooner State”…

Why Evaluation Systems Can’t Identify Ineffective Teachers

By Kristin Blagg In 2009, the non-profit education reform organization TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project) published The Widget Effect: Our National Failure to Acknowledge and Act Upon Teacher Effectiveness. This report spurred the redesign of many state and district teacher evaluation systems to more rigorously assess and address teacher effectiveness. Last week, the New…

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…