Japanese Translation

This month, November 2018, a translation in Japanese of my book, Presidents, Congress, and the Public Schools, was released in Tokyo. I want to thank the University of Tokyo Press for this opportunity, and also thank you to the Harvard Education Press for working with...

Advice for Democrats

To win elections, it is helpful to have a disliked opponent. People are more motivated to vote against someone than they are to vote for someone, according to an old adage.   The dreams of Democrats to have such opponents could not be better fulfilled than to...

An Interview on Education Policy

On February 9, 2017, Jack Jennings was interviewed on recent developments in education policy on the Facebook program, Video from the Washington Post. Why the Education Department exists We’re talking with education advocate Jack Jennings about the creation of the...

Don’t Privatize Education

During the campaign, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump promised to respect state and local control of public education. With his nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. secretary of education, President-elect Trump has tossed that promise aside, saying that she will...

Overcoming a Fear of Politicians

A longtime federal education authority concocts a three-part cure for addressing a common school leader’s phobia Psychologists label them phobias. They are a fear of something such as heights, closed spaces or ever-smiling elected officials. Science and medicine...