I read Rick Hess’s books and blog. He is clear, crisp, and provocative in his positions. A former social studies teacher and professor, he is Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He frequently comments on parental choice, educational philanthropy, accountability, teacher unions, and scads of other hot topics in the federal, state, and district policy arena.
Recently, he wrote two posts on his Education Week blog carping at “educators” who complain about standards, testing, and accountability policies. He advises them to stop asking policymakers for more money, work more closely with decision-makers, and be constructive in their suggestions.
What struck me about these two posts on policy was the narrow truth of what he had to say about the goals of policymakers, the limited tools they have, and how they would welcome responsible criticism. I say “narrow” because nowhere does Hess mention…
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