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The three essential truths of public policy according to James Heckman

Nobel laureate James Heckman has spent years studying how we can invest in people so that the money actually make a measurable, positive difference in their lives. What he’s learned (pdf) can be summed up in two words: Start early.

By Ezra Klein  | March 7, 2011; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Forget smaller class sizes, part III

Dana Goldstein takes a look at classroom sizes across advanced countries, and concludes that "that small class size is not clearly correlated with high achievement -- and neither is large class size." But she also reminds the wonks that...

By Ezra Klein  | March 1, 2011; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Forget smaller classes -- what about bigger ones?

Bill Gates isn't a fan of the conventional wisdom that smaller class sizes mean better education. "This belief has driven school budget increases for more than 50 years. U.S. schools have almost twice as many teachers per student as...

By Ezra Klein  | February 28, 2011; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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What's an elite education worth? (Part II)

A decade ago, two economists -- Stacy Dale and Alan Krueger -- published a research paper arguing that elite colleges did not seem to give most graduates an earnings boost. As you might expect, the paper received a ton of...

By Ezra Klein  | February 21, 2011; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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What's an elite education worth?

At the beginning? Quite a bit. Over time? Not as much. In this paper we compare the labor market performance of Israeli students who graduated from one of the leading universities, Hebrew University (HU), with those who graduated from a...

By Ezra Klein  | February 11, 2011; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Who does higher education spending help?

Let's say Mississippi decides to spend a lot of money to help its four-year colleges graduate more students ready to join the cutting-edge of technological research. Who does that help? Well, the students, of course. And those of us who...

By Ezra Klein  | January 18, 2011; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Older Entries in This Category »

How good is your school?, Ezra Klein , October 18, 2010
Community colleges cont'd, Ezra Klein , September 14, 2010
Remember the community colleges, Ezra Klein , September 14, 2010
The business lobby thinks forward, Ezra Klein , September 10, 2010
Better one or better two?, Ezra Klein , September 3, 2010
The problem of 'first-hired, last-fired', Ezra Klein , June 7, 2010
The unemployment crisis by education, Washington Post Editors , June 1, 2010
DIY U, Ezra Klein , April 23, 2010
The student loan reform, Ezra Klein , March 19, 2010
Teaching teachers, Ezra Klein , March 8, 2010
How good are Chicago's schools?, Ezra Klein , December 30, 2009
Will Colleges Go the Way of, Well, Newspapers?, Ezra Klein , September 23, 2009
The High Cost of Knowledge, Ezra Klein , August 24, 2009
Do We Need Ivy-League Teachers?, Ezra Klein , August 10, 2009
Obama on Education, Ezra Klein , July 24, 2009
The Trouble With School Choice, Ezra Klein , June 24, 2009
School Segregation and Teacher Quality, Ezra Klein , May 29, 2009
 
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