Bruno Manno

Bruno V. Manno is senior advisor for K-12 education at the Walton Family Foundation. The views expressed in this piece are not necessarily those of the Foundation.

The “Big Quit” Is an Opportunity to Fix Our Broken Education System Share This

Oct 27, 2021

COVID-19 sent a shock wave through an already changing U.S. job market, provoking “a great reassessment of work in America.” This broad rethinking of work and human capital development is occurring while 10.4 million jobs sit unfilled and more than 8.4 million unemployed individuals look for work. There is a clear disconnect, but the ultimate outcome is far from clear. As Bob Dylan asks in “Ballad of a Thin Man,” […]

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How to Fix Widespread Buyer’s Remorse in Education Share This

Aug 23, 2021

A college degree has long been the key that unlocks success in America—the good job, the high salary, the professional networks. But many individuals reflecting on their educational experiences today conclude that their preparation for college and career was disappointing. In short, there’s a disconnect between what young people expect from education and what they […]

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High School and Beyond: Creating Pathways to Opportunity Share This

Jun 23, 2021

The high school movement, an early 20th century American grassroots shift in secondary education, produced “a spectacular educational transformation,” according to Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz. Between 1910 and 1940, 18-year-old enrollment grew from 19% to 71%, and graduation rates rose from 9% to more than 50%, boosting the country to the forefront […]

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Conservative Education Reform Should Emphasize Relationships, Institutions, and Vocation Share This

Sep 21, 2020

Editor’s note: For a longer discussion of this topic, read Bruno Manno’s essay, “A Social-Capital Approach to Education Reform,” in the new issue of National Affairs. A social capital approach to school reform focused on developing habits of mind and habits of association in young people is a basis for conservatives to lead on K-12 […]

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