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To Narrow, Or Not to Narrow &#...

May 3, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – It occurs to me that in the old days critics of student testing were worried that the tests might have the effect...

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Texas, How Low Can You Go?

Apr 26, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – Do you ever hear or read of advances in education policy or practice in Texas any more? It was common in the...

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When “Accountability...

Apr 4, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – As an early participant in the movement to bring greater accountability to education, I have always thought that...

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Forever Lowering the Bar in T...

Mar 20, 2017 by

“94 percent are doing a dang fine job.” Sandy Kress – So says an education bureaucrat about the effectiveness of...

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 Godzilla Meets King Kong in a...

Feb 21, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – I must start with caveats. This is not a policy piece, nor is it a product of research. It’s rather an essay on...

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How the Legislature Might Furt...

Feb 7, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – After 15 years of education progress in Texas, toward the end of the 2000s, I had a remarkable conversation with...

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The Divine Comity

Jan 19, 2017 by

by Sandy Kress – As we approach the inauguration of the new President, I think back to 2001 when President Bush was about to...

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Texas Educrats – Exposed...

Jan 8, 2017 by

Sandy Kress – I want to be clear at the outset about what I mean by the term, “educrat.” I am not talking about the many fine...

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Bipartisan Mangling of Educati...

Dec 20, 2016 by

by Sandy Kress – As readers know well, I have been critical of the Obama Administration on many of its major education...

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The Educrats Are Now in a Deep...

Nov 30, 2016 by

Sandy Kress – Absolute scorched earth – that’s been the basic tactic of the “advocacy” campaign the teachers’ unions, the...

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 A Worrisome Brew in Education...

Nov 14, 2016 by

Sandy Kress – One can get reminiscent after elections. I recall working with Margaret Spellings after the 2000 election to...

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School Achievement Can Drive E...

Oct 10, 2016 by

by Alexander “Sandy” Kress – Education debate focuses on the details of policy, but we should not lose track of the big picture...

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Lewis Carroll Once Again Expla...

Sep 18, 2016 by

Sandy Kress – “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where...

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Why Isn’t Strengthening the Ec...

Aug 30, 2016 by

by Sandy Kress – The headlines about the economy in the US are terribly worrisome. Labor productivity growth has declined...

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Cultural Decline in the Public...

Aug 24, 2016 by

by Sandy Kress – I recently had the pleasure of reading A Sense of the Future, a collection of essays on science, by the late...

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Alice in Wonderland Visits the...

Aug 18, 2016 by

Sandy Kress – When I pick up the newspaper in Texas these days, I can’t figure out whether I’m reading tales from Alice in...

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The Price We Pay For Jazz’s De...

Aug 11, 2016 by

by Sandy Kress – In the space of this short blog, I want to make a few points. One, I love jazz. Two, I worry a lot that jazz...

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Texas: From Leader To Laggard ...

Aug 3, 2016 by

Sandy Kress – I have written extensively over the last two years about backward steps Texas has been taking in education and...

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Vote “Yes” on Pundexit!

Jul 12, 2016 by

by Sandy Kress – I’m on a campaign against pundits and punditry. Call my movement, Pundexit. Perhaps my feelings and fervor are...

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What’s At the Heart of the Ant...

Jul 5, 2016 by

Sandy Kress – There has been quite a lot of discussion recently about the sudden spate of stories in the established media that...

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