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RealClearPolicy introduces a new series, titled "Educating for Success," on new ideas in education. Ongoing changes in the economy and employment have presented new challenges to current models of both Pre-K–12 and higher education. And questions have emerged about the capacity of educational institutions to catalyze success, both for individuals and in society more broadly. But these challenges also present opportunities for innovation and improvement.

Questions the series will address include:

  • How can colleges and universities best respond to the economic challenges students face, including student debt, low graduation rates, and income inequality?
  • What are the best ways to measure college success, especially for the now majority of students that come from "nontraditional" backgrounds?
  • How can apprenticeships, career academies, and joint programs address ongoing changes in the labor market, including the so-called "skills gap"? What partnerships can and should be created between employers and education institutions to foster success? 
  • How can new models of K–12 education — including social-emotional learning, high-tech classrooms, and personalized learning — help make students from a variety of different backgrounds successful?
  • What role does early childhood education play in future success? How should policymakers and parents approach early childhood education?
  • Can schools and education be used to foster deficits in "social capital" and "social infrastructure"? How can schools help foster economic health and entrepreneurship in communities?

Entrepreneurs Seek to Disrupt College Admissions Testing—Will Knowledge or Critical Thinking Model Prevail?
Robert Holland of the Heartland Institute tells of a civil war over the future of college admissions testing. Is the "next big thing" in U.S. education being pushed by the tech industry actually an imbecilic mistake?

How School Districts Can Help Military Children. Christi Ham of Military Families for High Standards argues that schools need to recognize which students are from families with parents serving in the armed forces and help to address the unique challenges that frequent relocation inflicts on these children.

More School Competition Equals Better Character Education. Corey DeAngelis of the Cato Institute explains how school choice and the development of good citizens are related.

Leveling the Playing Field for Private Colleges and Universities. Cherylyn Harley LeBon, a lawyer, argues that due to a shortage of health care professionals, Congress needs to reconsider partisan attacks against private, vocational education. 

Are College Accreditors Actually Improving Student Outcomes? Michael Itzkowitz of Third Way writes that the accrediting agencies that examine colleges aren't doing enough for the students they should be protecting.

The Swing of the School Reform Pendulum. Frederick Hess and RJ Martin of the American Enterprise Institute on recent shifts in the people and ideas influencing the education reform movement.

Whole Child Education: The Era of False Choices Needs to End. Frederick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute and Tim Shriver of Special Olympics write about ending the false distinction between students' academic and social development.

Including People of Color in the Promise of Entrepreneurship. Emily Fetsch of the Kauffman Foundation on how to close the gap which causes white-owned firms to double the average sales of Asian, Hispanic, and black-owned businesses.

Solving Our Work Problems. The R Street Institute's Andy Smarick proposes a bottom-up framework for addressing deficits in job training and the labor market.

Less Data, More Problems: Helping Students Make Informed College Decisions. In the first article in the series, Tamara Hiler, Deputy Director of Education at the think tank Third Way, writes about how better data can help address the uncertainty facing students as they make decisions on where to go to college.

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