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Posts from August 2016

Job Posting: Tenure Track Faculty Position

Improving Public Policy Through Data and Behavioral Science RECRUITMENT PERIOD Open August 18th, 2016 through October 17th, 2016 DESCRIPTION The Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a tenure-track appointment to the faculty at t… More

Conquering the Freshman Fear of Failure

by David L. Kirp

Monica Ramos Although it’s been a long time, I vividly recall my reaction when I learned that I had been admitted to Amherst College: The admissions office must have made a terrible mistake. I had graduated from a Long Island high school where most students didn’t go to college, so I was convinced th… More

To Teach a Child to Read, First Give Him Glasses

by David L. Kirp

Lilli Carré Half a dozen police cars ring the entrance to the Morris Educational Campus in the Bronx. To enter this venerable Gothic-style building, I have to make my way through a phalanx of policemen and be scanned by a metal detector. But the show of force doesn’t signal that the high school stud… More

Q&A: The Economic Consequences of Denying Teachers Tenure

A California court recently reversed a decision that would have weakened teacher employment protections. Economist Jesse Rothstein discusses the tradeoffs between job security and attracting new teachers.

Third grade teacher Lynn Haskins talks to students at a school in Shingletown, California, on May 25, 2016. Political and legal battles surrounding teacher tenure and seniority have been raging in California over the past couple of years. In 2014, in Vergara v. California, a Los Angeles County Supe… More