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The Education Gadfly Show

By Thomas B. Fordham Institute

For more than a decade, the Fordham Institute has been hosting a weekly podcast, The Education Gadfly Show. Each week, you’ll get lively, entertaining discussions of recent education news, usually featuring Fordham’s Mike Petrilli and David Griffith. Then the wise Amber Northern will recap a recent research study. For questions or comments on the podcast, contact its producer, Tran Le.

  1. 1.
    Another reason we need to test students in 2021 - 1/13/2101/13/2021
    24:55
  2. 2.
    What does Miguel Cardona’s time in Connecticut imply about his future in Washington? - 01/06/2101/06/2021
    27:56
  3. 3.
    Emily Oster and Noelle Ellerson Ng answer the big question: Will schools reopen this spring? - 12/16/2012/16/2020
    31:09
  4. 4.
    Assessing Joe Biden’s early childhood plans - 12/09/2012/09/2020
    25:32
  5. 5.
    The legacy of Lamar Alexander - 12/02/2012/02/2020
    25:12
  6. 6.
    State budget cuts and our schools - 11/18/2011/18/2020
    25:29
  7. 7.
    Why public education may never return to normal - 11/11/2011/11/2020
    21:27
  8. 8.
    What the election means for education reform - 11/5/2011/06/2020
    22:26
  1. 9.
    Coping with the costs of declining enrollments - 10/28/2010/28/2020
    20:14
  2. 10.
    The loathsome war on exam schools - 10/21/2010/21/2020
    24:56
  3. 11.
    Lemov and Woolway on teaching like a champion—online - 10/14/2010/14/2020
    32:38
  4. 12.
    Reading comprehension is not a skill, and other lessons from Fordham’s latest study - 10/07/2010/07/2020
    27:21
  5. 13.
    How to open a school safely during a pandemic - 09/30/2009/30/2020
    23:41
  6. 14.
    How the pandemic could lead to smarter school spending - 09/23/2009/23/2020
    27:06
  7. 15.
    How did those online summer camps go? - 09/16/2009/16/2020
    22:43
  8. 16.
    Two years after Janus, why are teachers unions stronger than ever? - 09/09/2009/09/2020
    31:52
  9. 17.
    The politics of school reopenings - 09/02/2009/02/2020
    25:50
  10. 18.
    How America’s best charter schools crushed the Covid-19 challenge - 08/26/2008/26/2020
    28:52
  11. 19.
    On Biden’s education platform - 08/19/2008/19/2020
    23:16
  12. 20.
    What about outdoor classes this fall? - 08/12/2008/12/2020
    21:13
  13. 21.
    Another reason for more school autonomy - 8/5/2008/05/2020
    28:06
  14. 22.
    Should districts outsource virtual learning? - 07/29/2007/29/2020
    26:45
  15. 23.
    NAEP’s flawed reading revamp - 07/22/2007/22/2020
    28:28
  16. 24.
    What the coronavirus resurgence means for reopening schools - 07/15/2007/15/2020
    22:31
  17. 25.
    Why fall testing could do more harm than good - 07/08/2007/08/2020
    29:48
  18. 26.
    How assessment data can drive instruction this fall - 07/01/2007/01/2020
    28:46
  19. 27.
    The case for good schools as a state constitutional right - 06/24/2006/24/2020
    24:46
  20. 28.
    Effecting real change in America - 06/17/2006/17/2020
    24:58
  21. 29.
    School districts failed the remote learning test - 6/10/2006/10/2020
    26:14
  22. 30.
    The crisis’s outsized impacts on Catholic schools - 06/03/2006/03/2020
    24:29
  23. 31.
    The link between location and income - 05/27/2005/27/2020
    26:27
  24. 32.
    Teacher to Chief: Pathways to Education Leadership - 05/20/2005/19/2020
    1:07:14
  25. 33.
    What Americans think about schools’ response to the Covid crisis - 05/13/2005/13/2020
    22:17
  26. 34.
    A blueprint for reopening schools - 05/06/2005/06/2020
    27:24
  27. 35.
    Schools and social distancing: Just hard, or actually impossible? - 04/29/2004/29/2020
    25:05
  28. 36.
    The one where the pandemic turns Robert into a big softie - 04/22/2004/22/2020
    29:06
  29. 37.
    How schools can personalize instruction when students return next fall - 04/15/2004/15/2020
    28:05
  30. 38.
    Research Deep Dive: The impact of school closures - 04/08/2004/08/2020
    20:53
  31. 39.
    How school districts are dealing with COVID-19 - 04/02/2004/02/2020
    21:50
  32. 40.
    COVID-19 concerns: Special education and accountability - 03/25/2003/25/2020
    18:26
  33. 41.
    On technocrats and culture wars - 03/11/2003/11/2020
    22:10
  34. 42.
    Heavens to Betsy's block grant - 03/04/2003/04/2020
    18:32
  35. 43.
    Community schools and disadvantaged families - 02/26/2002/26/2020
    23:11
  36. 44.
    The barriers blocking students of color from challenging courses - 02/19/2002/19/2020
    22:11
  37. 45.
    Why teachers with higher grading standards get better student outcomes - 02/12/2002/12/2020
    24:31
  38. 46.
    Finding the right school for your child - 02/05/2002/05/2020
    24:10
  39. 47.
    School Choice Week 2020 - 01/29/2001/29/2020
    20:57
  40. 48.
    Research Deep Dive: School discipline reform - 01/22/2001/22/2020
    27:34
  41. 49.
    The 2020 election and education reform - 01/15/2001/15/2020
    17:50
  42. 50.
    The best education research studies of 2019 - 01/08/2001/08/2020
    17:01
  43. 51.
    Why rural education matters - 12/17/1912/17/2019
    22:42
  44. 52.
    On online curriculum materials - 12/11/1912/11/2019
    27:53
  45. 53.
    The effects of early college programs - 12/04/1912/04/2019
    25:00
  46. 54.
    The obstacles of evidence-based practices - 11/26/1911/26/2019
    21:53
  47. 55.
    Are screens to blame for NAEP’s bottom falling out? - 11/20/1911/20/2019
    23:55
  48. 56.
    The Scarcity of High-Quality Early Childhood Education - 11/13/1911/13/2019
    21:03
  49. 57.
    NAEP 2019: It (was) the economy, stupid - 11/06/1911/06/2019
    23:26
  50. 58.
    On education, Warren’s got a pander for that - 10/30/1910/30/2019
    18:36
  51. 59.
    Early warning: Kindergarten readiness skills are trending downward - 10/23/1910/23/2019
    17:32
  52. 60.
    Why the Big Easy’s big gains are over - 10/16/1910/16/2019
    22:20
  53. 61.
    Everything we know about effective teachers - 10/09/1910/09/2019
    31:52
  54. 62.
    Charter schools lift all boats - 10/02/1910/02/2019
    20:12
  55. 63.
    The meaning of Success Academy's success - 09/25/1909/25/2019
    23:47
  56. 64.
    All about AP - 09/18/1909/18/2019
    21:00
  57. 65.
    Parents’ role in school improvement - 09/11/1909/11/2019
    25:07
  58. 66.
    Trends in public opinion on choice, testing, and teacher salaries - 09/04/1909/04/2019
    25:00
  59. 67.
    Boosting student outcomes with end-of-course exams - 08/28/1908/28/2019
    26:53
  60. 68.
    The homecoming court edition - 08/21/1908/21/2019
    19:48
  61. 69.
    Media literacy in our schools - 08/14/1908/14/2019
    29:02
  62. 70.
    Should all students be prepared for both college and career? - 08/07/1908/06/2019
    29:38
  63. 71.
    Is it time to reform discipline reform? - 07/31/1907/31/2019
    15:56
  64. 72.
    What rural Americans think about charter schools - 07/24/1907/24/2019
    22:05
  65. 73.
    One small step for man, one giant leap for our schools? - 07/17/1907/17/2019
    22:40
  66. 74.
    While the Democratic candidates debate the past, the future of education policy is in the hands of the states - 07/10/1907/10/2019
    18:37
  67. 75.
    Research, practice, and the feds - 06/26/1906/25/2019
    28:55
  68. 76.
    Getting wonky on the Democratic candidates’ education ideas - 06/19/1906/19/2019
    24:57
  69. 77.
    Data-based decision-making is great, as long as data are not only test scores - 06/12/1906/12/2019
    25:49
  70. 78.
    The benefits of having a same-race teacher - 06/05/1906/05/2019
    20:30
  71. 79.
    Rural schools and the urban bleed - 05/29/1905/29/2019
    25:52
  72. 80.
    Education leadership’s gender imbalance - 05/22/1905/22/2019
    22:04
  73. 81.
    Can we really transform district schools? - 05/15/1905/15/2019
    25:10
  74. 82.
    Should U.S. schools mandate foreign language instruction? - 05/08/1905/08/2019
    20:56
  75. 83.
    Preschool for children of immigrants - 05/01/1905/01/2019
    22:06
  76. 84.
    Searching for “deeper learning”—and not finding it - 04/24/1904/24/2019
    28:08
  77. 85.
    Will charter opposition come for D.C.? - 04/17/1904/17/2019
    22:25
  78. 86.
    Is Checker going soft on “social and emotional learning”? - 04/10/1904/10/2019
    22:40
  79. 87.
    CTE and local labor markets - 04/03/1904/03/2019
    28:01
  80. 88.
    Are schools ready for an economic downturn? - 03/27/1903/27/2019
    22:31
  81. 89.
    Education’s philanthropic shift - 03/20/1903/20/2019
    23:38
  82. 90.
    Richard Whitmire is all about the B.A. - 03/13/1903/13/2019
    24:27
  83. 91.
    How KIPP-DC develops and retains teachers - 03/06/1903/06/2019
    27:15
  84. 92.
    Philadelphia’s brotherly love between charter, district, and parochial schools - 02/27/1902/26/2019
    18:54
  85. 93.
    Out of commission - 02/20/1902/20/2019
    20:43
  86. 94.
    The profit motive and education - 02/13/1802/13/2019
    28:14
  87. 95.
    Millennial parents and education reform - 02/06/1902/06/2019
    23:21
  88. 96.
    Teacher strikes, Democrats, and ed reform - 01/30/1901/30/2019
    17:31
  89. 97.
    The state of choice during National School Choice Week - 01/23/1901/23/2019
    25:03
  90. 98.
    School choice’s hopeful new year - 01/16/1901/16/2019
    19:20
  91. 99.
    Federal education policy in 2019 - 01/09/1901/09/2019
    22:21
  92. 100.
    Educational pluralism - 12/19/1812/19/2018
    25:50
  93. 101.
    America’s choice deserts - 12/12/1812/11/2018
    19:52
  94. 102.
    The sad state of credit recovery - 12/05/1812/05/2018
    17:39
  95. 103.
    How to separate the wheat from the chaff on technical credentials - 11/28/18 11/28/2018
    22:34
  96. 104.
    The end of education policy? - 11/20/18 11/19/2018
    16:53
  97. 105.
    Equity and access in American high schools - 11/14/1811/14/2018
    18:39
  98. 106.
    Much about the midterms - 11/07/1811/07/2018
    22:37
  99. 107.
    An #Eduween riddle: How is pre-school research like a skunk? - 10/31/1810/31/2018
    22:44
  100. 108.
    School report cards in the ESSA era - 10/24/1810/24/2018
    19:10
  101. 109.
    School choice for English language learners - 10/17/1810/17/2018
    18:37
  102. 110.
    The state of school choice - 10/10/1810/10/2018
    20:40
  103. 111.
    The consequences of grade inflation - 10/03/1810/03/2018
    18:55
  104. 112.
    We aren't teaching kids how to read - 09/26/1809/26/2018
    23:14
  105. 113.
    Multiple pathways in the Lone Star State - 09/19/1809/19/2018
    20:11
  106. 114.
    Gadfly Show 09121809/12/2018
    24:53
  107. 115.
    Gadfly Show 09051809/05/2018
    20:34
  108. 116.
    Is the IRS poised to harm school choice? - 08/29/1808/29/2018
    21:46
  109. 117.
    How good are states’ English language arts standards? - 08/22/1808/22/2018
    25:57
  110. 118.
    How African American children view our education system - 08/15/1808/15/2018
    24:27
  111. 119.
    All about ed tech - 08/08/1808/08/2018
    25:37
  112. 120.
    Golden State charter politics - 08/01/1808/01/2018
    18:04
  113. 121.
    Education tailored to the whole child - 07/25/1807/25/2018
    28:02
  114. 122.
    How high schools can boost college completion - 07/18/1807/18/2018
    20:36
  115. 123.
    Does the admissions process for New York City's selective high schools need fixing? - 07/11/1807/11/2018
    19:15
  116. 124.
    How schools can better prepare for the worst - 06/27/1806/27/2018
    20:09
  117. 125.
    Nudge, nudge, wink, wink - 06/20/1806/20/2018
    28:20
  118. 126.
    Gadfly Show 06131806/12/2018
    22:17
  119. 127.
    Gadfly Show 06061806/06/2018
    22:03
  120. 128.
    Gadfly Show 05231805/23/2018
    22:18
  121. 129.
    Halted Hoosiers - 05/16/1805/16/2018
    20:57
  122. 130.
    Racial disparities in special education identification: The conventional wisdom is all wrong - 05/09/1805/09/2018
    20:15
  123. 131.
    Most parents still live in Lake Wobegon - 05/02/1805/02/2018
    23:55
  124. 132.
    O-H-I-No - 04/25/1804/25/2018
    23:09
  125. 133.
    A better curriculum in the Bayou State - 04/18/1804/18/2018
    24:56
  126. 134.
    Is America still a nation at risk? - 04/11/1804/11/2018
    21:37
  127. 135.
    America’s “lost decade” of academic achievement - 04/04/1804/04/2018
    20:57
  128. 136.
    States lead on education - 03/28/1803/28/2018
    17:38
  129. 137.
    A conversation with 2018’s Wisest Wonks - 03/21/1803/20/2018
    19:56
  130. 138.
    Ruminating on the Kerner Commission’s fiftieth anniversary - 03/14/1803/14/2018
    20:12
  131. 139.
    Ed reform's past, present, and future - 03/07/1803/07/2018
    30:39
  132. 140.
    Where is the next "education governor"? - 02/28/1802/28/2018
    18:49
  133. 141.
    Howard Fuller on school segregation - 02/21/1802/21/2018
    21:50
  134. 142.
    The Olympian challenges facing America's high schools - 02/14/1802/14/2018
    19:45
  135. 143.
    Gadfly Show 02071802/07/2018
    22:06
  136. 144.
    Gadfly Show 01311801/31/2018
    18:55
  137. 145.
    Special School Choice Week edition - 01/24/1801/24/2018
    20:41
  138. 146.
    America does not need 3 million curricula - 01/17/1801/17/2018
    23:28
  139. 147.
    A master class in state policymaking - 01/10/1801/10/2018
    20:33
  140. 148.
    State policymaking in the ESSA era - 01/03/1801/03/2018
    21:41
  141. 149.
    Gadfly Show 12201712/20/2017
    19:34
  142. 150.
    Gadfly Show 12131712/13/2017
    21:11
  143. 151.
    Gadfly Show 12061712/05/2017
    19:27
  144. 152.
    Gadfly Show 11281711/29/2017
    22:05
  145. 153.
    Gadfly Show 11211711/21/2017
    21:43
  146. 154.
    Gadfly Show 11151711/15/2017
    18:39
  147. 155.
    Gadfly Show 11081711/08/2017
    24:09
  148. 156.
    Gadfly Show 11011711/01/2017
    16:28
  149. 157.
    Gadfly Show 10251710/25/2017
    19:16
  150. 158.
    Gadfly Show 10181710/18/2017
    24:15
  151. 159.
    GadflyShow10111710/10/2017
    22:13
  152. 160.
    Gadfly Show 10041710/04/2017
    16:50
  153. 161.
    Gadfly Show 09271709/27/2017
    18:30
  154. 162.
    Gadfly Show 09201709/20/2017
    19:04
  155. 163.
    Gadfly Show 09131709/13/2017
    20:52
  156. 164.
    Gadfly Show 09061709/06/2017
    22:23
  157. 165.
    Gadfly Show 08301708/30/2017
    23:41
  158. 166.
    Gadfly Show 08231708/23/2017
    26:40
  159. 167.
    Gadfly Show 08161708/16/2017
    17:49
  160. 168.
    Gadfly Show 08091708/09/2017
    23:03
  161. 169.
    Gadfly Show 08021708/02/2017
    25:32
  162. 170.
    Gadfly Show 07261707/26/2017
    29:49
  163. 171.
    Gadfly Show 07191707/19/2017
    23:23
  164. 172.
    Gadfly Show 07121707/12/2017
    20:18
  165. 173.
    Gadfly Show 07051707/05/2017
    21:27
  166. 174.
    Gadfly Show 06281706/28/2017
    24:13
  167. 175.
    Gadfly Show 06211706/21/2017
    23:26
  168. 176.
    Gadfly Show LIVE 06131706/13/2017
    27:24
  169. 177.
    Gadfly Show 06071706/07/2017
    22:04
  170. 178.
    Gadfly Show 05311705/31/2017
    15:08
  171. 179.
    Gadfly Show 05241705/24/2017
    18:31
  172. 180.
    The Gadfly Show 05171705/16/2017
    19:28
  173. 181.
    Gadfly Show 05101705/10/2017
    18:38
  174. 182.
    Gadfly Show 05031705/03/2017
    20:04
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    Gadfly Show 04261704/26/2017
    22:03
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    Gadfly Show 04191704/19/2017
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    Gadfly Show 04121704/12/2017
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    Gadfly Show 04051704/05/2017
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    Gadfly Show 03291703/29/2017
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    Gadfly Show 03221703/22/2017
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    Gadfly Show 01041701/04/2017
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    Gadfly Show 12211612/19/2016
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