Dr. Matthew Ladner

Posted October 22, 2008

Senators McCain and Obama are racing down the stretch of the 2008 Presidential race with substantially different ideas about how to improve American education.

Posted September 28, 2008

P.J. O’Rourke once described the early Clinton administration as “running the country by dorm-room bull session.”

Posted June 26, 2008

Online learning has grown rapidly, but the impact to date has hardly been revolutionary. It’s been interesting, but, ultimately, only a niche activity.

Posted May 29, 2008

Nevada’s education system must address two urgent problems: an ever-growing quantity of students and the low average quality of schools.

Posted May 14, 2008

A fine line exists between stability and stagnation. In education policy, we have been content to sail well past that line.

Posted April 17, 2008

Startling statistics show that with abundant school choice and systemic education reform, Florida’s Hispanic students already eclipse the average.

Posted March 20, 2008

Facing the task of reauthorizing No Child Left Behind (NCLB), Congress also faces an unsustainable status-quo.

Posted March 04, 2008

Democratic activist Steve Barr, founder of the Rock the Vote campaign, has dived into school reform in Los Angeles. Predictably, this has run him straight into the teeth of opposition from the education union.

Posted January 28, 2008

America needs to invest more financial resources to help address a looming shortage of college graduates needed for the high-tech economy of tomorrow. Or do we?

Posted January 10, 2008

Public schools embracing parental choice, both charter and district magnet schools, have been setting the pace in Arizona. You can see this for yourself by using the wonderfully simple Greatschools.net website.

Posted November 14, 2007

Will charter schools finish off inner city Catholic private schools? Preliminary evidence suggests that charter schools are actually threatening to help close inner city Catholic schools.

Posted October 30, 2007

The short story is that our colleges of education are giving Ph.D.s to researchers who aren’t qualified to hold a Ph.D. These people, in turn, are providing the research on which public school policy decisions and teacher training is based.

Posted September 26, 2007

Few Yale seniors, it turns out, know which American President created the New Deal. Even fewer would know which one said, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."

Posted September 18, 2007

I have an admittedly odd appreciation for left-wing protest songs. For my money (sorry boomers) there is none finer than Tracy Chapman's Talkin' Bout a Revolution.

Posted August 24, 2007

Michael Lewis' book The Blind Side tells a fascinating story about poverty and education through the lens of football. Lewis focuses on two main stories.