Commentary and Opinion

Commentary and opinion

Homeschooling’s moment

Homeschooling’s moment has arrived. Surveys and media reports demonstrate a surge of interest in learning at home. Now is a critical time to consider how this once-marginalized option may hold answers to recurring questions about the roles played by generational poverty, access to human capital, and parent choice in education[Read More…]

The uses of adversity: education innovator Eva Moskowitz on distance learning

Sweet are the uses of adversity, Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; And this our life, exempt from public haunt, Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, Sermons in stones, and good in everything. I would not change it.[Read More…]

Let them eat cake

According to the U.S. Department of Education, our systems of public schools spend (in adjusted dollars) nearly four times what was paid to administrators in 1950. Maybe this is an exaggeration; but, even if half true, the reality would deserve our attention. At the very least, one should ask: Has[Read More…]

PodcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews public education pioneer Julie Young

In this episode, Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill talks with Julie Young, vice president of education outreach and student services at Arizona State University and managing director of Arizona State University’s Prep Academy and ASU Prep Digital. Young, who has been celebrated as an education disruptor for nearly[Read More…]

Future ready: the new version of school

Editor’s note: This post from Tom Vander Ark, co-founder and CEO of Getting Smart and a partner in Learn Capital, was originally posted on Forbes and appeared May 24 n the Getting Smart blog. School leaders have about 90 days to get future ready. For many, it will require four[Read More…]

Choose your weapon prudently

“School choice is a political hobby of the rich.” So goes a common indictment of the effort to subsidize parents’ preference of a specific school for their own child. Sadly, there has been a wee dash of truth to the charge. The modern movement for choice did not originate in[Read More…]

There’s no time like a worldwide pandemic to change your mind

Recent polls suggest some who have opposed education choice in general and homeschooling in particular might be changing their minds. Before allies do a victory lap or sprain our arms patting each other on the back, let’s pause for a moment to examine why minds are changing. It has little[Read More…]