The Top 20 Upcoming Education Articles of 2021

1. Pandemic Parent Survey Reveals Perverse Trend: Students More Likely To Attend In-Person School Where Covid Is Spreading Faster
The majority of students are taught entirely remotely; Private school students more likely to be in person full time
By Michael B. Henderson, Paul E. Peterson, and Martin R. West

2. Critical race theory clashes with the law
Can a school require students to “confess their privilege” in class?
By Joshua Dunn

3. Teaching on slavery
“Asking how to teach about slavery is a bit like asking why we teach”
By Danielle Allen, Daina Ramey Berry, David W. Blight, Allen C. Guelzo, Robert Maranto, Ian V. Rowe and Adrienne Stang

4. California Ethnic Studies
An unsteady leap from college campuses to K-12 classrooms
By Miriam Pawell

5. Segregation and racial gaps in special education
New evidence on the disproportionality debate
By Todd E. Elder, David Figlio, Scott Imberman and Claudia Persico

6. Make education research relevant
How researchers can give teachers more choices
By Daniel T. Willingham and David B. Daniel

7. Proving the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Stricter colleges increase the risk of adult arrests
By Andrew Bacher-Hicks, Stephen B. Billings and David J. Deming

8. What I’ve Learned in 23 Years Ranking America’s Toughest High Schools
Most students are able to learn much more than they are asked to do
By Jay Mathews

9. A test for testers
College Board and ACT Strive to Expand and Diversify as Pandemic Fuels Trend of Voluntary Testing Admissions
By Jon Marcus

10. Coping with the significant learning loss in mathematics during Covid-19 and beyond
The pandemic has amplified existing skills gaps, but new strategies and technology could help
By Joel Rose

11. The Shrinking School Week
Effects of a four-day schedule on student performance
By Paul N. Thompson

12. Computing for all?
As a new topic spreads, debates erupt over precisely what is being taught, to whom, and for what purpose.
By Jennifer Oldham

13. The Covid-19 pandemic is an ugly natural experiment to study the effects of online learning
Focus instead on measuring the overall effects of the pandemic itself
By Andrew Bacher-Hicks and Joshua Goodman

14. School choice is on the rise in the United States
Supporters describe a ‘revolutionary year’
By Alan Greenblatt

15. The School Closure Policy
Teacher unions and the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe
By Susanne Wiborg

16. Move to Trash
Five educational practices in the age of the pandemic that deserve to be thrown in the trash
By Michael J. Petrilli

17. School Choice and “The Truly Disadvantaged”
Vouchers boost university studies, but not for the most needy students
By Albert Cheng and Paul E. Peterson

18. The Orchid and the Dandelion
New research reveals a link between genetic variation and how students respond to instruction. The potential implications for schools and society are vast.
By Laurence Holt

19. What’s next in New Orleans
The city of Louisiana has the most unusual school system in America. But can the new board of directors of a radically decentralized district be able to meet the last challenges?
By Danielle Dreilinger

20. Betsy DeVos and the future of education reform
My years as undersecretary for education gave me first-hand insight into how infighting among education reformers impedes progress toward change.
By Jim Blow

Amanda J. Marsh