Commentary

Jal Mehta, Radcliffe Institute

Learning Deeply at Scale: The Challenge of Our Times (video)

June 13, 2017
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study | As part of the 2016–2017 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Jal Mehta RI ’17 looks beneath the surface of pedagogical methods in American high schools. What does instruction in high schools look like? Where is it better? What can we do about it?

Jal Mehta (PhD '06) is the 2016–2017 Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute and Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

How “the community” undermines the goals of participatory democracy

How “the community” undermines the goals of participatory democracy

June 5, 2017
Work in Progress | By Jeremy R. Levine (PhD '16), Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies, University of Michigan. Discusses the findings of his academic research, "The Paradox of Community Power: Cultural Processes and Elite Authority in Participatory Governance, published earlier this spring in Social Forces. 'Work in Progress' is a public blog of the American Sociological Association (ASA) for 'short-form sociology' on the economy, work, and inequality.
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Governing

How School Districts Could Be Laboratories of Improvement

May 30, 2017
Governing Magazine | By Andrew Feldman and Thomas Kane. Three ways states could use their new authority to improve academic achievement, particularly in high-poverty urban and rural areas. Andrew Feldman (PhD '07) is a Visiting Fellow in the Center on Children and Families in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Thomas Kane, an economist, is the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Investigating the Causes and Consequences of Inequality

Investigating the Causes and Consequences of Inequality

May 18, 2017

Harvard Kennedy School PolicyCast | Professor David Deming (PhD '10) sits down with PolicyCast host Matt Cadwallader to talk about his new Harvard Kennedy School course, The Causes and Consequences of Inequality (SUP-206). If traditional jobs like manufacturing aren’t coming back, how can the economy adapt? How can the American education system better prepare the next generation for the needs of the modern economy? Deming's research grapples with these questions.

U.S. Congress

The State of Social Capital in America

May 17, 2017

U.S. Congress Joint Economic Commitee | Professors Robert D. Putnam and Mario L. Small (PhD '01), joined by Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute and Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs, testified before the Joint Economic Committee on the potential role for social capital in addressing U.S. economic and social challenges.

Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, focused on two generational concerns: why social capital matters in narrowing the opportunity gap among today's children, and what a boomer generation "aging alone" portends for U.S. eldercare costs in the years ahead.
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Mario Small, Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology, discussed the evidence that "early education and childcare programs may be an especially effective venue to help low-income parents generate social capital,"..." that this social capital is beneficial, and that there is reason to believe that targeted interventions may help such programs maximize these benefits."
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Inherent Flaws

Inherent Flaws

May 15, 2017
Inside Higher Ed | By Natasha K. Warikoo (PhD '05), Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education. The author of a new book about diversity and admissions reflects on helping her son apply to a private school while she was reviewing applicants to a graduate program.
The American Dream Abides

The American Dream Abides

May 15, 2017
National Review | By Scott Winship (PhD '09).  Social mobility is still growing strong in the Land of Opportunity, Winship writes. Scott Winship is an honorary adviser to the Archbridge Institute, a new think tank focused on economic mobility. He currently works as project director for the Joint Economic Committee in the Office of Vice Chairmain Senator Mike Lee.