Michael Q. McShane

Michael Q. McShane is a research fellow in education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and coauthor of President Obama and Education Reform: The Personal and the Political (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012).

Parents of School-age Kids Need Tech Support

We all know the cliches about the coronavirus pandemic. It was “disruptive.” It “changed everything overnight.” It “highlighted existing inequities.” And on and on. But sometimes, cliches are cliches for a reason. The pandemic was disruptive. It did change everything (almost) overnight. It did highlight existing inequities. Just because we’ve heard people say it a […]

A Portrait of American Homeschooling in 2021

Throughout the course of this year, we at EdChoice have been conducting in-depth research on homeschooling in America. We were prompted by the reports, both anecdotal and statistical, that point to growth in homeschooling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But perhaps more than that, we wanted to inform the conversation about homeschooling, a […]

Are School Voucher Studies Biased from Front to Back?

Are school voucher studies biased?

Determining if a policy actually causes some impact on people’s lives is an incredibly difficult task.  Humans are complex creatures, and the world that we live in has lots and lots of interconnected moving parts. It is a challenge to see how altering one small part of it, say by offering a student a voucher, […]

Good Research vs. Bad Research

Good research vs. bad research

The holy grail of research is the causal claim. That is, if you can prove that A causes B, not that A is related to B or that A is similar to B, you can cure diseases, create rockets that leave our atmosphere, and design social programs that help people live better lives. In medicine, […]