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...

What Should Be Done About Standardized Tests? A Freakonomics Quorum

...so we can accurately tell which schools are truly successful and which ones aren’t. Standardized tests can be written that accurately measure a school’s instructional effectiveness, yet also stimulate teachers...

Have D.C.'s "Best Schools" Been Cheating?

...the D.C. schools, the Chicago schools did not farm out grading of the test exams to a third party. What got the D.C. schools in trouble is that the third...

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...