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Check out my Atlantic interview with political scientist Suzanne Mettler, who is doing some of the best thinking on exploding college tuition, student debt, and for-profit colleges. Should we pay attention to those studies about how little money liberal arts... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Dana Goldstein
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My latest article, "Don't Help Your Kids With Their Homework," is featured on the cover of the April Atlantic. Yep -- the headline is clickbait. But this is also a data-driven piece reporting on a 30-year study of American parenting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Dana Goldstein
I turned in the revisions of my book to my publisher yesterday (!), so my plan for the next few weeks is to get back into the swing of daily journalism. So. Over at Slate, Tanner Colby is writing a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2014 at Dana Goldstein
When CEO Tim Armstrong blamed “distressed babies” for proposed benefit cuts at AOL, here’s what he didn’t mention: While a sales executive at Google in 2005, he was the subject of a lawsuit by a former employee, Christina Elwell, who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Dana Goldstein
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Essex Market School, the East Side. By Jacob Riis, ca. 1888-1895. I just caught this poignant essay at the New York Times about How the Other Half Lives, Jacob Riis' 1890 exposé of day-to-day life in New York City tenements.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Dana Goldstein
The signature proposal of Bill de Blasio's mayoral campaign was a promise to raise the wealthy's income taxes to fund universal, free, full-day pre-K for all the city's four-year olds. In the new issue of The Nation I report on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
Check out my piece at Slate, on the big international education rankings that get so much attention. I review what's actually on the test, what the results tell us about American poverty, and explain why academic ability tracking might have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
The latest episode of my Slate podcast, Schooled, tackles what the research really tells us about class sizes, and how teachers experience class size every day: Polls show that smaller class sizes are incredibly popular with parents and teachers. But... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
Check out the latest episode of Schooled, my Slate podcast: Is your child “gifted”? What does that even mean? Some schools use old-fashioned IQ tests to identify gifted students. Others use teacher recommendations. A few schools are ending gifted programs... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
Some good stuff! Over at Slate, I report on a big, important new randomized control trial, the Teacher Transfer Initiative. Read it! Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
Michelle Cottle has written a Politico Magazine piece about Michelle Obama, called "Leaning Out: How Michelle Obama became a feminist nightmare." Cottle writes that Michelle has "always" prioritized the domestic sphere over the public, political one, thus enraging feminists. But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
Check out the latest episdoe of my Slate podcast. This week: With more charter schools, magnet schools, and school choice than ever before, many parents face an intimidating set of options when enrolling their kids in kindergarten and beyond, especially... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
Check it out at Slate. I discuss the challenges and opportunities of teaching in high-poverty urban high schools with two teachers. John Owens lasted less than a year after leaving publishing to teach in the South Bronx. Alex Caputo-Pearl, a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
This past spring, I got together with David Plotz, the editor of Slate, to discuss ideas for education coverage on the site. We wanted to come up with a project that would be relevant to parents, wonks, and everybody else... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
This represents a relatively modest improvement in student achievement. For the average child in this study, who scored in just the 27th percentile in math compared to her peers across the country, having a TFA teacher will help her move up to the 30th percentile--still a long way off from grade-level math proficiency. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
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I noticed Dylan Matthews of the Washington Post and Matt Yglesias of Slate tweeting that there is proof education reform is working. I hate to be a downer, but attributing higher NAEP scores to No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and new teacher accountability schemes is extremely iffy. Here are some charts showing why. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
Over at The Daily Beast, I review Amanda Ripley's new book, The Smartest Kids in the World, which reports on why schools in Poland, Finland, and South Korea are out-performing American schools: For all our national hand-wringing about standardized testing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
I spent a year editing a philanthropy section at The Daily Beast. During that time, I often felt frustrated that corporate and celebrity donors seemed to lack understanding of the systemic causes of the problems they wanted to solve. A... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
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Head on over to TIME to read my latest piece, an essay about this controversial new novel featuring a female pedophile teacher. Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
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The old "New Fatherhood" was about mainstream, middle-class American men redefining masculinity to encompass spending more time talking to, playing with, and caring for children. Today at the Daily Beast, I write about the New New Fatherhood, as depicted by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
New York's mayoral election will have big implications for school reform nationwide. Have parent activist opponents of standardized testing and charter schools organized themselves into a force strong enough to sway major union endorsements toward a left candidate like Bill de Blasio, or will pragmatism prevail? The shape of the race will be clearer after tonight's UFT endorsement. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
In response to today's Times piece on in-classroom ability grouping, I blogged over at Slate about the potential tensions between "high expectations" and "differentiation," two of the education world's favorite buzzwords. The comments section is rollicking, with many Slate parents... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
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What’s so bad about Nora? It’s not, as some reviewers have implied, that she is unlikeable in a way female characters ought not to be. The problem is that Nora is a stereotype. Messud has written her as a minimally-updated (Nora has a job, after all) version of a nineteenth century Old Maid: a caricature made nearly revolting by her alone-ness; a sort of leech on the breast of (re)productive womanhood. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
Dylan Matthews has an interesting report about a group of young American and British professionals with progressive social values and high-paying jobs in finance and tech. The subjects of the piece are unusual because they are giving away between a... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at Dana Goldstein
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I think some of the most powerful feminist depictions in art are the ones that show us how bleak life was for women before feminism, or for women who couldn't or didn't embrace feminist ideals. Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2013 at Dana Goldstein