Thomas Toch

Hot for Teachers

D.C.’s traditional public schools, once among the nation’s worst, have become magnets for some of America’s best educators. The results are showing up in the classroom.

How Obama Got Schooled

Under pressure from right and left, the president signed away hard-won federal power over K-12 education and gutted his own reforms, even as they were working.

First-Rate Temperaments

Liberals don’t want to admit it, and conservatives don’t want to pay for it, but building character—resilience, optimism, perseverance, focus—may be the best way to help poor students succeed.

Measure For Measure

If any school should be a poster child for President Bush’s signature education reform, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), it’s Herbert Marcus Elementary School. The inner-city Dallas, Texas, school is exactly the kind that the law was designed to improve. It’s a shabby, overcrowded place on the edge of a grim indus­ trial zone,… Read more »