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Martin Carnoy

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U.S. Education Deserves the Same Statistical Sophistication as Baseball and Elections

(14) Comments | Posted January 16, 2013 | 11:21 AM

(Co-authored with Richard Rothstein)

For better or worse, we're a nation that's coming to respect statistics. Billy Bean convinced us that better statistics could beat bigger payrolls in sports. Nate Silver helped humble Karl Rove's money machine with better statistics. So maybe it's time to take a more careful look...

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GOP Rehash: Six Theories Republicans Are Advancing for Why They Lost

(25) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 9:34 AM

Three weeks after the election, Republicans are still trying to figure out what happened. For all their braggadocio about being better at economics than Democrats, the GOP and its Super PACs may have had the lowest political return on investment in American history. The rehash is still under way and...

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When Smart People Get It Sooo Wrong: Malcolm Gladwell's Solutions for American Education

(19) Comments | Posted January 2, 2009 | 5:00 PM

In his recent piece in the New Yorker ("Most Likely to Succeed," December 15), Malcolm Gladwell likens finding good teachers for America's schools to the "quarterback problem" that pro football teams have in predicting which star college player will make it in the NFL.

Yes, I know it seems...

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Whom Will He Choose?

(9) Comments | Posted December 8, 2008 | 10:56 AM

Obama's choice for Secretary of Education will be important. For the first time since the early 1970s, we may have an opportunity to improve the educational system where it is now least effective, in large urban and poor rural and semi-rural school districts.

Obama knows this. His campaign platform...

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The End of the Republican Majority: Three Things You Need to Watch

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2008 | 1:30 PM

The historic 2008 presidential election is over. It brings the possibilities of enormous change, not just because the next administration will be run by Barack Obama instead of George Bush, but in longer term political realignments.

The main casualty is the Republican Party. The Party unraveled politically mainly because...

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The Economic Bailout Is Not Enough: The Case for Obama, Education, and the Longer View

(3) Comments | Posted November 4, 2008 | 12:57 PM

Stanford University's Linda Darling Hammond and New Leaders for New Schools' Jon Schnur, two of Barack Obama's main education advisors, wanted me to share their view on the importance of Obama's education plan for America's economic future. Here it is.

Yes, we have to respond to the economic crisis. But...

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Your Education Policies Don't Figure: An Open Letter to John McCain

(3) Comments | Posted October 24, 2008 | 2:26 PM

Dear Senator McCain:

Education policy finally played in the campaign this past week. You exchanged views on education with Senator Obama in the Third Debate, and your surrogate, Lisa Graham Keegan, had a wide-ranging education discussion with Linda Darling Hammond, Obama's surrogate, at New York's Columbia University.

But to tell...

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And the Winner is..Obamanomics!

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2008 | 12:28 PM

True, we thought the American people elect presidents based on how they "connect" with the candidates. But our epic financial crisis has changed all that. The snap polls after Friday's Presidential debate suggest that this time, political economics are trumping personal connection.

Five weeks before a crucial presidential election,...

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McCain and Obama's Education Policies: Nine Things You need to Know

(13) Comments | Posted August 1, 2008 | 5:13 PM

While you're more apt to see this year's presidential candidates verbally jousting on the economy, Iraq, and the war on terror, less sexy, non headline-grabbing issues like national education policy could ultimately have as profound a long-run impact on our country. After eight years, the report card on No...

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Are Cuba's Schools Better than Ours?

(26) Comments | Posted June 25, 2008 | 10:24 PM

Sylvia came to Miami from Cuba in the early 1960s, when she was just eight years old. For the past decade, she has been helping resettle Cuban families who arrive from the island to Miami. We met at a seminar of Cuban-American academics in May, in a session discussing economic...

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Barack Obama, Race, and the Message of Change

(2) Comments | Posted June 4, 2008 | 3:46 PM

Who would have thought that 2008 would be a defining moment in our nation's history? Democrats divided almost equally between two barrier-breaking candidates, but at the end of the day, we nominated an African-American rather than a woman for President of the United States. Is it surprising that his race...

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