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  1. Accounting for Results
    National Review, May 27, 1991, pp. 38-41
  2. [+]
    Advising the President (Review)
    Presidential Advisory Commissions, by Thomas R. Wolanin
    1. Presidential Advisory Commissions by Thomas R. Wolanin
    Commentary, February 1976, pp. 87-89
  3. Articles
    "Affirmative Action" Under Reagan
    Commentary, April 1982, pp. 17-28
  4. Against Mediocrity (1984)
    The Humanities in America's High Schools
    2 Reviews, 1 Readable
  5. All Aboard the Charters?
    The state of a movement
    National Review, October 9, 2006, pp. 54-55
  6. The American High School
    Things Are Falling Apart
    Education Next, Winter 2006, pp. 27-33
  7. American Schools and the Future of Local Control
    The Public Interest, Fall 1984, pp. 77-95
  8. Among the Educationaloids
    The Science of Bad Science
    The American Spectator, August 1989, pp. 34-35
  9. Among the Educationaloids/A New Age Lobby Unrepentant
    The American Spectator, October 1987, pp. 33-34
  10. Among the Educationaloids/Globaloney
    The American Spectator, May 1986, pp. 26-27
  11. Among the Educationaloids/Robin Hood on Campus
    The American Spectator, March 1987, p. 32
  12. Among the Intellectualoids
    Teachers' Tabloid
    The American Spectator, March 1985, pp. 30-31
  13. Among the Intellectualoids
    The Social Studies Debacle
    The American Spectator, May 1988, pp. 35-36
  14. Bad Grades; Good Idea
    The Weekly Standard, February 10, 1997, pp. 17-22
  15. Books
    [+]
    Balkanizing America (Review)
    Lift Every Voice, by Lani Guinier
    1. Lift Every Voice by Lani Guinier
    Commentary, April 1998, pp. 51-53
  16. Blindspots on the Right
    National Review, September 25, 1995, pp. 68-79
  17. Board Games
    Business backs a losing education strategy
    National Review, August 9, 1999, pp. 26-27
  18. Bush's Education Semi-reform
    The Weekly Standard, March 12, 2001, pp. 20-23
  19. C for Effort
    National Review, April 7, 1997, pp. 34-35
  20. [+]
    The Campus & the Nation (2 Reviews)
    The Divided Academy, by Everett Carll Ladd, Jr. and Seymour Martin Lipset, ...
    1. The Divided Academy by Everett Carll Ladd, Jr. and Seymour Martin Lipset, ...
    2. Education and Politics at Harvard by Seymour Martin Lipset and David Riesman
    Commentary, October 1975, pp. 84-86
  21. Articles
    The Campus
    "An Island of Repression in a Sea of Freedom"
    Commentary, September 1989, pp. 17-23
  22. Observations
    Can Parents Be Trusted?
    Commentary, September 1999, pp. 49-51
  23. Articles
    Can the Schools Be Saved?
    Commentary, September 1996, pp. 41-45
  24. Can We Educate Republicans?
    National Review, June 17, 1996, pp. 44-45
  25. Books in Review
    [+]
    The Carter Years (Review)
    Governing America, by Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
    1. Governing America by Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
    Commentary, July 1981, pp. 68-69
  26. Challenges to the Humanities (1985)
    2 Reviews
  27. The Chancy Health of Higher Education
    The New Republic, June 12, 1976, pp. 12-14
  28. Observations
    Charity Begins at School
    Commentary, October 1995, pp. 46-48
  29. Charter Schools in Action (2000)
    Renewing Public Education.
    3 Reviews, 1 Readable
  30. [+]
    Children of God (Review)
    The Spiritual Life of Children, by Robert Coles
    1. The Spiritual Life of Children by Robert Coles
    Commentary, June 1991, pp. 63-66
  31. [+]
    Choice and Coercion (3 Reviews)
    The New American Dilemma, by Jennifer L. Hochschild
    1. The New American Dilemma by Jennifer L. Hochschild
    2. The Burden of Brown by Raymond Wolters
    3. The Little Rock Crisis by Tony Freyer
    The New Republic, March 11, 1985, p. 35
  32. [+]
    Cleopatra's Nose (Review)
    Not Out of Africa, by Mary Lefkowitz
    1. Not Out of Africa by Mary Lefkowitz
    Commentary, June 1996, pp. 71-74
  33. Clinton Flunks
    The Weekly Standard, June 15, 1998, pp. 17-18
  34. [+]
    Comes the Revolution... (Review)
    Schooling in Capitalist America, by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis
    1. Schooling in Capitalist America by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis
    Commentary, June 1976, pp. 72-74
  35. Corrupted Intentions
    National Review, March 11, 1996, pp. 46-47
  36. The Cost of College Sports
    Commentary, October 2001, pp. 53-57
  37. Decentralize, Deregulate, Empower
    Seven Proposals to Bring Education into the 20th Century
    Policy Review, Summer 1986, pp. 58-62
  38. The Dropout Controversy
    The Public Interest, Summer 1989, pp. 131-136
  39. Forum
    E. Pluribus Unum?
    Education Next, March 2009, pp. 50-57
  40. The Educated Child (2000)
    A Parents Guide from Preschool Through Eighth Grade
    1 Review
  41. Education and the Election
    Commentary, October 2000, pp. 44-48
  42. Education and the Presidency (1977)
    3 Reviews, 2 Readable
  43. Education as Funny Business
    National Review, February 24, 1989, pp. 34-35
  44. The Education Colossus
    The Weekly Standard, June 2, 1997, pp. 27-30
  45. The Education of John McCain
    The Weekly Standard, March 10, 2008, pp. 24-25
  46. Books
    [+]
    The Education Reform Dodge (2 Reviews)
    Smart Schools, Smart Kids, by Edward Fiske
    1. Smart Schools, Smart Kids by Edward Fiske
    2. Savage Inequalities by Jonathan Kozol
    First Things, May 1992, pp. 66-68
  47. The Education Vice President
    The Weekly Standard, May 31, 1999, pp. 15-16
  48. The Elixir of Class Size
    The Weekly Standard, March 9, 1998, pp. 16-17
  49. Ending Ed Policy As We Know It
    The Weekly Standard, March 13, 2000, pp. 22-23
  50. [+]
    Endowing Culture (3 Reviews)
    The Democratic Muse, by Edward C. Banfield
    1. The Democratic Muse by Edward C. Banfield
    2. Culture and Politics by Ronald Berman
    3. Excellence and Equity by Stephen Miller
    Commentary, September 1984, pp. 77-82
  51. The Excellence Backlash: Sources of Resistance to Educational Reform
    Restoring quality to American education is easier said than done
    The American Spectator, September 1984, pp. 10-16
  52. [+]
    The Family Under Fire (Review)
    All Our Children, by Kenneth Keniston
    1. All Our Children by Kenneth Keniston
    The Public Interest, Winter 1978, pp. 146-150
  53. A Federal Policy for Higher Education?
    The American Spectator, May 1975, pp. 16-18
  54. Flex Those Ed Muscles
    The Weekly Standard, April 5, 1999, pp. 17-18
  55. Books
    [+]
    For Whom It Tolls (Review)
    The Bell Curve, by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray
    1. The Bell Curve by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray
    Commentary, January 1995, pp. 76-79
  56. The Future of School Boards
    Lost at Sea
    Education Next, Summer 2004, pp. 15-17
  57. "Gee, Officer Krupke"
    And Other Barriers to Excellence in the Schoolroom
    Policy Review, Summer 1984, pp. 72-76
  58. Gentleman's C for the GOP
    The Weekly Standard, July 19, 1999, pp. 18-20
  59. Getting Serious About Schools
    The Weekly Standard, January 25, 1999, pp. 27-30
  60. Articles
    Giving It Away
    An Open Letter to Bill Gates
    Commentary, January 1998, pp. 19-23
  61. Giving Shape to Cultural Conservativism
    Tenets, anyone?
    The American Spectator, November 1986, pp. 14-15
  62. The GOP Congress Fails Again
    The Weekly Standard, November 29, 1999, pp. 14-15
  63. High Hurdles
    The teaching profession
    Education Next, Spring 2003, pp. 62-67
  64. The High School Dropout Puzzle
    The Public Interest, Spring 1987, pp. 3-22
  65. [+]
    Hillarytown (Review)
    It Takes a Village, by Hillary Clinton
    1. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
    Commentary, March 1996, pp. 66-67
  66. How the GOP Helped Clinton...
    The Weekly Standard, December 8, 1997, pp. 22-24
  67. How to Lose the War of Ideas
    Commentary, August 1983, pp. 41-50
  68. [+]
    Idea Man (Review)
    Straight Shooting, by John R. Silber
    1. Straight Shooting by John R. Silber
    Commentary, November 1989, pp. 70-74
  69. III. Towards Excellence in Education
    The Public Interest, Summer 1995, pp. 41-54
  70. The Impact of High School Preparation on College Education
    The Partisan Review, Summer 1998, pp. 378-384
  71. Education: Solutions
    Improving, Empowering, Dismantling
    The Public Interest, Summer 2000, pp. 64-73
  72. [+]
    Just the Facts (Review)
    School Figures, by Hanna Skandera and Richard Sousa
    1. School Figures by Hanna Skandera and Richard Sousa
    Education Next, Spring 2004, p. 82
  73. Learning-Free Zones
    Five Reasons America's School Won't Improve
    Policy Review, September 1997, pp. 34-39
  74. Leaving Education Reform Behind
    The Weekly Standard, January 14, 2002, pp. 14-16
  75. Leaving Many Children Behind
    The Weekly Standard, August 26, 2002, pp. 15-16
  76. Leaving No Child Behind? (2005)
    Options for Kids in Failing Schools
    1 Review
  77. Letters
    Commentary, February 1973, pp. 12-36
  78. Letters
    Commentary, August 1979, pp. 4-20
  79. Letters
    Commentary, November 1983, pp. 4-24
  80. Letters
    Commentary, January 1984, pp. 4-22
  81. Letters
    Commentary, March 1984, pp. 2-24
  82. Letters
    Commentary, August 1985, pp. 2-20
  83. Letters
    Commentary, November 1985, pp. 2-24
  84. Letters
    Commentary, October 1989, pp. 4-18
  85. Letters
    Commentary, January 1990, pp. 2-16
  86. Letters
    Commentary, October 1990, pp. 2-10
  87. Losing the Education Issue
    The Weekly Standard, November 25, 1996, pp. 29-30
  88. Books
    [+]
    The "M" Word (Review)
    Dictatorship of Virtue, by Richard Bernstein
    1. Dictatorship of Virtue by Richard Bernstein
    Commentary, November 1994, pp. 68-69
  89. Education
    Magna Charter?
    A Report Card on School Reform in 1995
    Policy Review, Fall 1995, pp. 41-47
  90. Making School Reform Work
    The Public Interest, Summer 2002, pp. 85-95
  91. Math Angles and Saxon
    National Review, November 25, 1988, pp. 30-31
  92. A Matter of Money
    The Wilson Quarterly, Autumn 1978, pp. 88-93
  93. [+]
    More Like Them (2 Reviews)
    Ed School Follies, by Rita Kramer
    1. Ed School Follies by Rita Kramer
    2. The Learning Gap by Harold W. Stevenson and James W. Stigler
    The Public Interest, Spring 1992, pp. 106-112
  94. [+]
    More Money for Less Accountability? (Review)
    Grading Education, by Richard Rothstein, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Tamara Wilder, ...
    1. Grading Education by Richard Rothstein, Rebecca Jacobsen, and Tamara Wilder, ...
    Education Next, March 2009, pp. 75-76
  95. Narcissus Goes to School
    Commentary, June 1990, pp. 40-45
  96. Articles
    A Nation Still at Risk
    Commentary, May 1989, pp. 17-23
  97. The National Prospect
    Commentary, November 1995, pp. 51-52
  98. National Standards
    A New New Federalism
    Education Next, Fall 2006, pp. 48-51
  99. The New Promise of American Life (1995)
    1 Review
  100. The New School
    National Review, September 15, 1997, pp. 48-49
  101. No Remedy Left Behind (2007)
    Lessons from a Half-Decade of Nclb
    1 Review
  102. No Tax-Free Lunch?
    The Weekly Standard, September 1, 2003, pp. 16-17
  103. Books
    [+]
    Numbers Game (Review)
    The Big Test, by Nicholas Lemann
    1. The Big Test by Nicholas Lemann
    Commentary, October 1999, pp. 57-59
  104. Books in Review
    [+]
    Ode to the Lawsuit (Review)
    Simple Justice, by Richard Kluger
    1. Simple Justice by Richard Kluger
    Commentary, April 1976, pp. 78-81
  105. Books
    [+]
    On K Street (Review)
    The Paradox of American Democracy, by John B. Judis
    1. The Paradox of American Democracy by John B. Judis
    Commentary, March 2000, pp. 60-61
  106. On the Scene
    Will They Ever Learn?
    National Review, May 29, 1995, pp. 26-28
  107. An Open Letter to Lawrence H. Summers
    Policy Review, June 2002, pp. 75-86
  108. Books in Review
    [+]
    Our Country & Our Culture (Review)
    The Dream and the Nightmare, by Myron Magnet
    1. The Dream and the Nightmare by Myron Magnet
    Commentary, March 1993, pp. 54-55
  109. Out, Damned Bard
    National Review, March 2, 1992, pp. 45-46
  110. From the Editors
    Paying Teachers Properly
    Education Next, Winter 2005, p. 3
  111. PBS Flunks Its Back to School Test
    The Weekly Standard, September 3, 2001, p. 22
  112. [+]
    Pedagogue Power (2 Reviews)
    United Mind Workers, by Charles Taylor Kerchner, Julia E. Koppich, and Joseph G. Weeres...
    1. United Mind Workers by Charles Taylor Kerchner, Julia E. Koppich, and Joseph G. Weeres, ...
    2. The Teacher Unions by Myron Lieberman
    Commentary, November 1997, pp. 66-67
  113. The Ph.D. as Piglet
    National Review, May 26, 1972, p. 588
  114. [+]
    The Pitfalls of School Reform (2 Reviews)
    The World We Created at Hamilton High, 1953-1987, by Gerald Grant
    1. The World We Created at Hamilton High, 1953-1987 by Gerald Grant
    2. Disruptive School Behavior by Judith Lynne Hanna
    The Public Interest, Winter 1989, pp. 114-119
  115. The Policy Wimp Comes of Age
    He means no harm
    The American Spectator, July 1983, pp. 14-15
  116. Features
    The Preschool Picture
    Education Next, September 2009, pp. 12-19
  117. Principals, Superintendents, and the Administrator's Art
    The Public Interest, Spring 1985, pp. 42-62
  118. Reviews
    [+]
    Public Education on the Defensive (2 Reviews)
    Deschooling Society, by Ivan Illich
    1. Deschooling Society by Ivan Illich
    2. Inequality by Christopher Jencks
    The American Spectator, February 1973, pp. 16-17
  119. Public Policy and Private Higher Education (1978)
    1 Review
  120. The Public Policy
    Education: The Dud of Campaign '88
    The American Spectator, November 1988, pp. 38-39
  121. The Public Policy
    Biased against Everyone
    The American Spectator, June 1992, p. 37
  122. Books
    [+]
    Puppy-Dogs' Tails (Review)
    The War Against Boys, by Christina Hoff Sommers
    1. The War Against Boys by Christina Hoff Sommers
    Commentary, September 2000, pp. 68-70
  123. Put out the Welcome Mat
    The Weekly Standard, December 22, 2003, pp. 15-16
  124. Articles
    Quotas and the Bush Administration
    Commentary, November 1991, pp. 17-23
  125. Razing the Liberal Plantation
    The Choice Backlash
    National Review, November 10, 1989, pp. 30-33
  126. A Real Education President
    The Weekly Standard, September 20, 1999, pp. 28-30
  127. Review Essay
    [+]
    Reforming Education (8 Reviews)
    A Whole New World
    1. Does Money Matter? by Gary Burtless
    2. Catholic Education: Homeward Bound by Kimberly Hahn and Mary Hasson
    3. Choosing Schools by Jerome J. Hanus and Peter W. Cookson, Jr.
    4. The Schools We Need by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.
    5. Holding Schools Accountable by Helen F. Ladd
    6. Break These Chains by Daniel McGroarty
    7. Celebrating the Humanities by Michael Nelson
    8. Beyond the Classroom by Laurence Steinberg
    First Things, May 1997, pp. 33-39
  128. Rethinking Special Education for a New Century (2001)
    1 Review, 1 Readable
  129. The Return of the Dinosaurs
    National Review, September 20, 1993, pp. 51-53
  130. [+]
    Revenge of the Blob (Review)
    Inside American Education, by Thomas Sowell
    1. Inside American Education by Thomas Sowell
    National Review, February 15, 1993, p. 49
  131. [+]
    Presswatch/Mediazation (2 Reviews)
    Straight Talk About American Education, by Theodore M. Black
    1. Straight Talk About American Education by Theodore M. Black
    2. Compelling Belief by Stephen Arons
    The American Spectator, May 1983, pp. 30-31
  132. [+]
    Briefly Noted (Review)
    Ordinary Resurrections, by Jonathan Kozol
    1. Ordinary Resurrections by Jonathan Kozol
    First Things, August/September 2000, p. 67
  133. Scholars, Dollars, and Bureaucrats (1978)
    2 Reviews
  134. [+]
    School & Society (Review)
    Traditions of American Education, by Lawrence A. Cremin
    1. Traditions of American Education by Lawrence A. Cremin
    Commentary, June 1977, pp. 89-91
  135. "Serrano" vs. the People
    Commentary, September 1972, pp. 68-72
  136. [+]
    Silver Threads (Review)
    Gray Dawn, by Peter G. Peterson
    1. Gray Dawn by Peter G. Peterson
    Commentary, March 1999, pp. 70-74
  137. [+]
    The Social Engineers (Review)
    Diversity: The Invention of A Concept, by Peter Wood
    1. Diversity: The Invention of A Concept by Peter Wood
    Commentary, June 2003, pp. 71-74
  138. [+]
    Starved for Ideas (Review)
    The Road From Here, by Paul Tsongas
    1. The Road From Here by Paul Tsongas
    Commentary, January 1982, pp. 86-90
  139. [+]
    State of the Nation (2 Reviews)
    The Exploring Spirit, by Daniel J. Boorstin
    1. The Exploring Spirit by Daniel J. Boorstin
    2. Today and Tomorrow in America by Martin Mayer
    Commentary, September 1976, pp. 126-130
  140. Support Your Local Charter School
    Civic Entrepreneurs Will Be Critical to the Success of These Fledgling Independent Publ...
    Policy Review, September 1998, pp. 18-25
  141. Books in Review
    [+]
    The System (Review)
    Who Gets Ahead?, by Christopher Jencks
    1. Who Gets Ahead? by Christopher Jencks
    Commentary, November 1979, pp. 78-79
  142. Taking Charge
    National Review, July 6, 1992, pp. 42-43
  143. Teacher Politics
    Commentary, February 1983, pp. 29-41
  144. Observations
    Teachers, Terrorists, and Tolerance
    Commentary, December 2001, pp. 54-57
  145. [+]
    Teaching and Learning (Review)
    Horace's Compromise, by Theodore R. Sizer
    1. Horace's Compromise by Theodore R. Sizer
    Commentary, May 1984, pp. 64-69
  146. Forum
    Teaching Citizenship
    Can schools do the job?
    Education Next, Spring 2004, pp. 9-21
  147. Terrorizing Children
    Commentary, April 1985, pp. 29-36
  148. Think Portability, Not Vouchers
    The Weekly Standard, January 22, 2001, pp. 26-27
  149. This Isn't Only a Test
    The Weekly Standard, July 21, 1997, pp. 27-30
  150. [+]
    Toward the Good Life (Review)
    In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government, by Charles Murray
    1. In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government by Charles Murray
    Commentary, December 1988, pp. 79-82
  151. Troublemaker (2008)
    A Personal History of School Reform Since Sputnik
    1 Review
  152. Troublemaker
    Education Next, Spring 2008, pp. 22-29
  153. Two Cheers for Education's G-Men
    National Review, August 15, 1986, pp. 35-37
  154. Up from Mediocrity
    What Next in School Reform
    Policy Review, Summer 1992, pp. 80-83
  155. School Report
    Washington versus School Reform
    The Public Interest, Fall 1998, pp. 55-67
  156. We Must Take Charge (1991)
    Our Schools and Our Future
    4 Reviews, 1 Readable
  157. [+]
    What Children Need (Review)
    In Defense of the Family, by Rita Kramer
    1. In Defense of the Family by Rita Kramer
    Commentary, May 1983, pp. 78-82
  158. What Do Our 17-Year-Olds Know (1987)
    A Report on the First National Assessment of History and Literature
    1 Review
  159. What If All Schools Were Schools of Choice?
    In ten years you may not recognize American public education
    The Weekly Standard, June 19, 2000, pp. 26-30
  160. What Next
    Education Data in 2025
    Education Next, December 2010, p. 79
  161. What To Do About Education
    The Schools
    Commentary, October 1994, pp. 30-37
  162. What's Wrong With the American University?
    Behind the Curtain
    The Wilson Quarterly, Winter 1996, pp. 44-53
  163. When Families Fail
    First Things, January 1991, pp. 20-25
  164. Books
    [+]
    Where's Dad? (Review)
    Fatherless America, by David Blankenhorn
    1. Fatherless America by David Blankenhorn
    Commentary, April 1995, pp. 60-63
  165. Why Big Impact Entrepreneurs Are Rare
    What Innovators Can, and Cannot, Do
    Education Next, Spring 2007, p. 48
  166. Will NCLB Hit the Wall?
    Crash Course
    Education Next, Fall 2007, pp. 40-45
  167. [+]
    The Woes of Academe (2 Reviews)
    Group Memory, by Alston Chase
    1. Group Memory by Alston Chase
    2. Education and the Democratic Ideal by Steven M. Cahn
    Commentary, March 1981, pp. 74-76
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