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The research consensus on early childhood education

On February 3, 2014, I spoke at a conference on early childhood education sponsored by the Education Writers Association. Later, the conference heard from many other speakers, including Russ Whitehurst of the Brookings Institution. Whitehurst expressed uncertainty about whether early … Continue reading

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Public radio broadcast about Jean Jennings Bartik and the other ENIAC programmers

WMUK, the local public radio station in Kalamazoo, did a radio show on January 15, 2014 about my mother, Jean Jennings Bartik (1924-2011). The show was prompted by the recent publication of her memoirs, Pioneer Programmer: Jean Jennings Bartik and … Continue reading

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Decisions on pre-K should be based on solid research evidence, not fragile case study evidence

Summary: A December 4 USA Today op-ed argues against expanding pre-K programs. The main argument is that Oklahoma test scores haven’t increased dramatically, even though the state has significantly increased pre-K access. But a sample size of one state is … Continue reading

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Pioneer Programmer: Jean Jennings Bartik and the Computer that Changed the World

“Pioneer Programmer” is the autobiography of my mother, Jean Jennings Bartik (1924-2011). Truman State University published her autobiography on November 6. The autobiography focuses on her stories of the early computer industry. My mother was one of the first six … Continue reading

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How much can universal pre-K do to reduce income inequality?

In his September 13, 2013 column in the New York Times, Nobel-prize-winning economist Paul Krugman discussed the growing problem of increased American inequality. As one solution, Professor Krugman mentioned the idea of “universal prekindergarten education”, in order “to expand opportunity … Continue reading

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Is Michigan’s pre-K expansion designed for success?

I have previously discussed Governor Snyder’s proposal to expand Michigan’s pre-K program, called the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). Since then, different versions of this expansion have passed both the Michigan House and Senate.  However, the final compromise has not … Continue reading

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Link to post on Charles Murray’s analysis of large-scale pre-K

As far as I can tell, my post yesterday was not emailed to subscribers. I am not sure if this is a glitch in the wordpress.com software or servers, or is due to the length of yesterday’s post. So I … Continue reading

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Soft skills and educational reform

Paul Tough, who wrote the wonderful book “Whatever It Takes” about Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children’s Zone, has a good article in the September 18 New York Times magazine.  The article looks at how both a top private school … Continue reading

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Talk tomorrow at American Chamber of Commerce Executives convention

I will be speaking tomorrow at the annual convention of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. As the organization’s name suggests, ACCE includes executives from over 1400 chambers of commerce in the U.S. and Canada.  I will be speaking on … Continue reading

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The potential for pre-K in school turnaround strategies

Recently, Maureen Kelleher’s Education Week blog drew my attention to a report by Pre-K Now on school districts using pre-K to turnaround student achievement.  The report highlights such strategies for school districts in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Missouri, North Carolina, and California. … Continue reading

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