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Interview With Harvard’s Thomas Kane: Education Research And The Coleman Report : NPR Ed : NPR

Has American education research mostly languished in an echo chamber for much of the last half century?

Harvard’s Thomas Kane thinks so.

Why have the medical and pharmaceutical industries and Silicon Valley all created clear paths to turn top research into game-changing innovations, he asks, while education research mostly remains trapped in glossy journals? Kane, a professor of education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, points out that there is no effective educational equivalent of the Food and Drug Administration, where medical research is rigorously vetted and translated into solutions. Maybe, he says, there should be.