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The Top 20 Education Next Articles of 2021

1. Pandemic Parent Survey Finds Perverse Pattern: Students Are More Likely To Be Attending School In Person Where Covid Is Spreading More Rapidly
Majority of students receiving fully remote instruction; Private-school students are more likely to be in person full time
By Michael B. Henderson, Paul E. Peterson, and Martin R. West

2. Critical Race Theory Collides with the Law
Can a school require students to “confess their privilege” in class?
By Joshua Dunn

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

4. Ethnic Studies in California
An unsteady jump from college campuses to K-12 classrooms
By Miriam Pawel

5. Segregation and Racial Gaps in Special Education
New evidence on the debate over disproportionality
By Todd E. Elder, David Figlio, Scott Imberman, and Claudia Persico

6. Making 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 middle schools raise the risk of adult arrests
By Andrew Bacher-Hicks, Stephen B. Billings, and David J. Deming

8. What I Learned in 23 Years Ranking America’s Most Challenging High Schools
Most students are capable of much more learning than they are asked to do
By Jay Mathews

9. A Test for the Test Makers
College Board and ACT move to grow and diversify as the pandemic fuels test-optional admissions trend
By Jon Marcus

10. Addressing Significant Learning Loss in Mathematics During Covid-19 and Beyond
The pandemic has amplified existing skill gaps, but new strategies and new tech could help
By Joel Rose

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

12. Computer Science for All?
As a new subject spreads, debates flare about precisely what is taught, to whom, and for what purpose
By Jennifer Oldham

13. The Covid-19 Pandemic Is a Lousy Natural Experiment for Studying 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 Advances in the States
Advocates describes breakthrough year
By Alan Greenblatt

15. The Politics of Closing Schools
Teachers unions and the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe
By Susanne Wiborg

16. Move to Trash
Five pandemic-era education practices that deserve to be dumped in the dustbin
By Michael J. Petrilli

17. School Choice and The Truly Disadvantaged
Vouchers boost college going, but not for students in greatest need
By Albert Cheng and Paul E. Peterson

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

19. What’s Next in New Orleans
The Louisiana city has the most unusual school system in America. But can the new board of a radically decentralized district handle the latest challenges?
By Danielle Dreilinger

20. Betsy DeVos and the Future of Education Reform
My years as assistant secretary of education gave me a firsthand look at how infighting among education reformers is hampering progress toward change.
By Jim Blew

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