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My new book, From Preschool to Prosperity, is available on September 15, 2014

My second book on early childhood programs is available as of September 15, 2014. This book is entitled From Preschool to Prosperity: The Economic Payoff to Early Childhood Programs. This book is available free as a pdf file, at a … Continue reading

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My new book will be available September 15

My new book, “From Preschool to Prosperity”, will be available September 15, at Amazon and at the Upjohn Institute website. More on this book starting on September 15, when I will begin a series of blog posts summarizing some of … Continue reading

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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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