Lady Gaga and VP Joe Biden: You Gave Me Hope

Lady Gaga and Vice President Joe Biden, you gave me hope at the Oscars. Thank you. Biden’s introduction of Lady Gaga’s performance of “Til It Happens to You” brought full-circle a lot of tireless work by activists, advocates and reform-minded educators. When I turned off the television, I felt real hope that we really can […]

Andrew Hacker and the Case for and Against Algebra:

March 1 saw the publication of the book The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions, by Andrew Hacker. I have published my review of that book in Devlin’s Angle, my regular column for the Mathematical Association of America. In this article, I’ll set the scene by describing an earlier essay Hacker published, which in essence […]

It's Actually Really Important That Kids Take The School Bus

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. Hop on the bus, Gus. Students who ride the school bus in the critical first year of formal education – kindergarten – are absent less often and have lower odds of being chronically absent, a key indicator of future academic success, according […]