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Voucher Study Discussion

A "storified" version of a conversation on Twitter about a study of school vouchers.


  1. First, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, took to Twitter to announce the publication of her review of a voucher study. Her review was published by the National Education Policy Center (NEPC).
  2. Then, Matt Chingos, a Fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy, and a co-author (along with Paul Peterson of Harvard University) of the voucher study published by Brookings, uses Twitter to announce their response to Goldrick-Rab which is published in Education Next. 
  3. Goldrick-Rab responds three minutes later...
  4. And Chingos immediately pushes back in good form...
  5. As the "debate" ensues, and because this is happening "in public," another truly modern scholar, Dr. Bruce Baker, Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University, can and does weigh in by pointing out a sad reality of the field of educational research...
  6. Chingos and Goldrick-Rab continue the discussion...
  7. At this point, Goldrick-Rab suggests moving the discussion to another modern medium, a webinar, which would allow for more fully-articulated arguments, be in public view, and which could be recorded and archived for those unable to "attend."
  8. Then, Goldrick-Rab announces that she has taken her critique of the Brookings voucher study to the Chronicle of Higher Education. She's taking full advantage of the affordances of the modern Web for knowledge dissemination.
  9. Finally (for the purposes of this Storify story), Goldrick-Rab offers a reply to Chingos about measurement error, and constructs her tweet in such a way that all of her 2,177 followers (and not just those following both her and Chingos) can see it (i.e. she doesn't just reply; she begins the tweet with text).
  10. And, just to show the benefits of Twitter for this sort of discussion, you see that another fine, modern education scholar, Sherman Dorn, Professor of Education at the University of South Florida, chimes in...