The Year’s Best Education Stories

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Susan Adams

This year brought a fire hose of news on the education beat. Forbes staff writers and contributors wrote dozens of outstanding, provocative stories. Here are some of the best.


Forbes assistant managing editor Matt Schifrin made a prescient prediction that the pandemic would open the admission door wider at America’s most selective schools.

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Lots of people were angry that Harvard was taking coronavirus stimulus money. Forbes senior editor Susan Adams explained why, and President Trump tweeted out the story. The next day, Harvard said it wouldn’t accept the funds.

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Forbes senior editor Susan Adams shows how the College Board’s near monopoly in standardized admissions tests is under threat from its own failure to rise to the pandemic’s challenge.

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Forbes senior contributor Natalie Wexler, an authority on writing instruction, created an immensely helpful guide for families with students in grades K-12.

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Forbes assistant editor Hank Tucker details how the 50 richest private colleges are offering little tuition relief despite providing much more limited services.

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Forbes senior contributor Peter Greene, a former classroom teacher, lays out the real costs of reopening schools.

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In February 2018, I took on a new job managing and writing Forbes’ education coverage. I’d spent the previous two years on the Entrepreneurs team, following six years

In February 2018, I took on a new job managing and writing Forbes’ education coverage. I’d spent the previous two years on the Entrepreneurs team, following six years writing for the Leadership channel. My mission with education is to explore the intersection of education and business. I’m
recruiting contributors and also looking for my own stories. I’ve been at Forbes since 1995, writing about everything from books to billionaires. Among my favorite stories: South Africa’s first black billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, and British diamond jewelry mogul Laurence Graff, both of whom built their vast fortunes from nothing. At Forbes magazine I also did a stint editing the lifestyle section and I used to edit opinion pieces by the likes of John Bogle and Gordon Bethune. I got my job at Forbes through a brilliant libertarian economist, Susan Lee, whom I used to put on television at MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Before that I covered law and lawyers for journalistic stickler, harsh taskmaster and the best teacher a young reporter could have had, Steven Brill.

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