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Justin Snider

Justin Snider is a contributing editor at The Hechinger Report. He is an assistant dean at Columbia University, where he also teaches undergraduate writing. Previously, Snider taught high-school English and advised student publications in the United States, Europe and Asia. A California native, he holds degrees from Amherst College, the University of Chicago, the University of Vienna, Harvard University and Columbia University. Snider's fanatical devotion to the written word generally and to English grammar specifically can be traced to the worst grade of his life -- a check-minus -- on his report card in second-grade Language Arts, taught by his own mother.

Recent Stories

How the U.S. educational system looks to a leading expert abroad

The Hechinger Report recently had a chance to ask the OECD’s Andreas Schleicher, an expert on educational systems around the world, what he makes of the current push…

For this graduating senior, deep thinking—and teaching—really matters

In a few weeks, Mopati Morake will graduate from Williams College in Massachusetts. A native of Botswana, Morake has been educated on three continents. He finished high school in…

Trying new approaches to teacher training

Joyce Randall, an AUSL graduate, now teaches high-school history in Chicago. (Photo by Justin Snider) CHICAGO—Joyce Randall, who’s in her third year of teaching history to 10th-graders…

An interview with Henna Virkkunen, Finland’s Minister of Education

The following interview has been edited and condensed for clarity. The Hechinger Report:  It’s well-known that Finland’s teachers are an elite bunch, with only top students offered the chance to…

Supply vs. demand: Rock-star superintendents

They command six-figure salaries, often with annual bonuses and car allowances. (Generous health-care and pension plans are a given.) Sometimes their employers also foot the bill for their life-insurance policies.…

Rote memorization: Overrated, or underrated?

Among the countless catchphrases that educators generally despise are “drill-’n-kill” and “rote memorization.” In keeping with their meanings, both sound terrifically unpleasant. To learn something “by rote,” according to the…

A closer look at ruling in NYC value-added case

Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court (photo by Beyond My Ken) On Monday, January 10th, Justice Cynthia Kern ruled that the decision by…

Quality Counts 2011: The Great Recession’s impact on public education

Today, Education Week released its annual Quality Counts report, a treasure trove of articles, charts and graphics that in 2011 focus on how the Great Recession…

Rick Hess takes aim at reformers and status-quo defenders in new book

Oops, Rick Hess has done it again: challenged conventional wisdom and shown how fuzzy much of today’s education-reform thinking is. In his latest book, The Same Thing Over…

2010 and 2011: Looking back, looking forward

Richard Lee Colvin, editor of The Hechinger Report, recently spoke with Stephen Smith of American RadioWorks about some of 2010’s most interesting education stories — as…