David Whitman

Guest Blogger

Washington, D.C.

David Whitman was the chief speech writer for U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan from mid-2009 to November 2014. Prior to that, he covered social policy for U.S. News & World Report for nearly two decades, from 1985 to 2003. He is the author of the award-winning, “Sweating the Small Stuff: Inner City Schools and the New Paternalism” (Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2008), a two-year study of six high-performing inner-city secondary schools and their successful educational models. He has authored several other books, including “The Optimism Gap: The I’m OK-They’re Not Syndrome and the Myth of American Decline” (Walker & Company, 1998) and the 2004 study, “The Mad, Mad World of Textbook Adoption.”

His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, the Atlantic, New Republic, and numerous other publications. Currently, he is president and founder of Whitman Wordsmithing and Communications.

Whitman is a proud graduate of Amherst College, where he earned a B.A. in political science.


Posted Feb. 2, 2016

As the Dust Settles, Does Common Core Come Out on Top?

Last week, with relatively little coverage, two analyses were released that found the Common Core State Standards have had a…

By David Whitman

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Posted Sep. 9, 2015

The Surprising Conservative Roots of the Common Core: How Conservatives Gave Rise to ‘Obamacore’

When Jeb Bush announced he was exploring a run for President, TIME warned that Bush was “going to have to…

By David Whitman

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Posted Apr. 10, 2015

The GOP Doesn’t Want to Leave Any Child Behind—Just the Obama Programs That Might Help Them

With this week’s new bill to rewrite No Child Left Behind released by Lamar Alexander’s education committee, GOP lawmakers are…

By David Whitman

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Times Are Tough. Asking Teachers to Get Tougher Isn’t the Answer.

Wednesday started out like any other; I left my house at 7:00 am to drive to my school campus, where I teach bilingual early childhood…

By Megan Hillegass

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Q&A With Alicia Dixon: Mutual Accountability Is a Stepping Stone on the Path to Justice

Alicia Dixon is executive director of the Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI). Since 1973, MFEI has been committed to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Oct. 8, 2021

Your Thanksgiving Clip Art and Crafts Might Be Microaggressions. Here’s How to Do Better.

In March, Dr. Seuss Enterprises decided to cease publication of six of the prolific writer’s works due to his demeaning caricatures of non-white ethnicities. This…

By B. Manker, Ed.D

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