Abrams, Samuel E. (sa307)

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Abrams, Samuel
Education Policy and Social Analysis

230 Thmps

Office Hours:
Wednesday, 3-5, and by appointment

Scholarly Interests

Privatization; Curriculum Design; Comparative Education

Educational Background

Columbia, B.A., M.A.

Selected Publications


Education and the Commercial Mindset (Harvard University Press, 2016)


"Olika vägar i Norden," in Utbildningsekonomi: Om lärandets värde (Natur och Kultur, 2017)


"School Vouchers," in SAGE Encylopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation (forthcoming)

"The Wrong and Right Business Lessons for Schools," The Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2017

The Mismeasure of Teaching Time, Working Paper, Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, January 2015

"Free School Lunch for All," The New York Times, April 15, 2014

"Puer Ludens: Learning and Playing in Finland," ATA Magazine, December 5, 2011

"Technology in Moderation," Teachers College Record, November 4, 2011

"The Children Must Play: What the U.S. Could Learn from Finland about Education Reform," The New Republic, January 28, 2011

Personal News

Emily DeRuy, "In Finland, Kids Learn Computer Science Without Computers," The Atlantic, February 23, 2017

Halla Hardardóttir, "Skólar eru ekki matvara (og kennarar ekki grænmeti)," Fréttatíminn, January 19, 2017

Päivi Repo, "Huippututkija kehuu Suomen kouluja, mutta murehtii nuorten kykyä keskittyä," Helsingin Sanomat, January 13, 2017

Alexander Nazaryan, "Betsy DeVos Is Coming for Your Public Schools," Newsweek, January 10, 2017

Diane Ravitch, "When Public Goes Private, as Trump Wants: What Happens?," The New York Review of Books, December 8, 2016

Valerie Strauss, "Why the Movement to Privatize Public Education is a Very Bad Idea," Washington Post, July 14, 2016

Laura Saarikoski, "Amerikkalaisen huippuyliospiston tutkija Pisa-tuloksista," Helsingin Sanomat, April 11, 2016

Sarah D. Sparks, "Study Faults Data on U.S. Teachers' Instruction Time," Education Week, February 4, 2015

International Education News, "Teaching Time in the U.S.," January 28, 2015

Matti Saarinen, "Tips from the United States for Improving Our Education System," The Helsinki Times, August 14, 2014

International Education News
, "The Broader Context of School Choice in Sweden," August 8, 2014

Robin L. Flanigan, "Publicly Trade Ed. Companies Are Rare," Education Week, February 21, 2012

Anu Partanen, "What Americans Keep Ignoring about Finland's School Success," The Atlantic, December 29, 2011

Rosemary Shinohara, "Education Expert Offers Views after Visiting Alaska Schools," Anchorage Daily News, December 25, 2011

Rosemary Shinohara, "Mayor's Education Summit Told Teacher Quality is Crucial," Anchorage Daily News, November 15, 2011


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