Making students volunteer makes them volunteer less

Does ‘compulsory volunteering’ affect subsequent behavior? Evidence from a natural experiment in Canada This paper estimates the impact of ‘compulsory volunteerism’ for adolescents on subsequent volunteer behavior exploiting the introduction of a mandatory community service program for high school (HS) students in Ontario, Canada. We use difference-in-differences approach with a large longitudinal dataset. Our estimates…

The price we pay for keeping disruptive students in the classroom

I wonder how many teachers would find these results surprising: The Long-Run Effects of Disruptive Peers A large and growing literature has documented the importance of peer effects in education. However, there is relatively little evidence on the long-run educational and labor market consequences of childhood peers. We examine this question by linking administrative data…

Don’t tell voters how much we spend on education

This study examines the role of information in shaping public opinion in the context of support for education spending. While there is broad public support for increasing government funding for public schools, Americans tend to underestimate what is currently spent. We embed a series of experiments in a nationally representative survey administered in 2012 (n=…

Some schools understand the value of data

In this small suburb outside Milwaukee, no one in the Menomonee Falls School District escapes the rigorous demands of data. Custodians monitor dirt under bathroom sinks, while the high school cafeteria supervisor tracks parent and student surveys of lunchroom food preferences. Administrators record monthly tallies of student disciplinary actions, and teachers post scatter plot diagrams…

“Engagement isn’t necessarily a recipe for academic gains”

At schools around the globe, girls outscore boys, and bored students are better test takers than their more motivated peers. These topsy-turvy observations are the latest findings in a report from the Washington-based Brookings Institution, research that is part of a long-running series that aims to put a finger on the pulse of academics in…

11 Atlanta educators convicted of racketeering

Diane Buckner-Webb (Dunbar Elementary School teacher) * Guilty of racketeering * Guilty of two counts of false statements Donald Bullock (Usher Collier Heights elementary testing) * Guilty of racketeering * Guilty of two counts of false statements * Guilty of one count of false swearing * Acquitted of one count of false statements Pamela Cleveland…