Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem? (Ep. 188 Rebroadcast)

...small-schools initiative, which were breaking down these large, failing schools in high-poverty communities that have 2-3,000 kids replacing them with four, five, six smaller schools with a lot of community...

How Can the Achievement Gap Be Closed? A Freakonomics Quorum

...to children from low-income families, who are disproportionately children of color. The third essential is to dramatically improve urban public schools, especially middle schools and high schools. The difficult question...

Exam High Schools: Not As Great As We Thought

high schools have a lower college attendance and graduation rate compared to other high schools. The study breaks down the numbers according to individual high schools. Students just eligible for...

Where Does Creativity Come From (and Why Do Schools Kill It Off)? (Ep. 355)

process. Resnick argues that the lack of clear, quantifiable outcomes is a big reason why schools don’t prioritize creativity. RESNICK: Schools end up focusing on the things that are most...

America’s Math Curriculum Doesn’t Add Up (Ep. 391)

...7. That’s my daughter, Sophie Levitt. Sophie LEVITT: I’m gonna be a sophomore in high school at the University of Chicago Lab Schools. These are the kinds of questions she’s...

Exit Interview: Schools Chancellor, NYC (Ep. 16)

he left the schools job so he and his wife could spend more time with their beloved dog, Roger. Klein’s tenure as schools chancellor was eventful, to say the least....

The Debate over Teacher Merit Pay: A Freakonomics Quorum

result: a narrowing of curriculum, with the greatest losses of science, social studies, the arts, and physical education instruction in schools with more low-income students, because these are schools under...

What Should Be Done About Standardized Tests? A Freakonomics Quorum

systems in every state, and creating consequences for schools that failed to make adequate progress with specific groups of students that public schools hadn’t educated very well in the past...