What Lies Ahead for America's Children and Their Schools

What Lies Ahead for America's Children and Their Schools

Editors: Chester E. Finn Jr., Richard Sousa
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1705-0
Publication Date: 3/1/2014

The coming decade holds immense potential for dramatic improvement in US education and in the achievement of American children—provided that we seize the opportunities at hand and are not deterred by the obstacles to change. In this volume, members of the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education examine both the potential gains and the pitfalls that lie ahead, informed by where US education has been, what changes—some, but not all, for the better—have been made in recent years, and what’s still required for the comprehensive overhaul that this vital enterprise so urgently needs.  

 Looking backward is infinitely easier than predicting the future, but planning for the future is necessary if anything is to change. By analyzing the recent past and present condition of American primary and secondary school education across a host of key topics, task force members in this volume chart a bold course for the years ahead.  Optimistic about the opportunities at hand, they identify essential—and feasible—reforms as well as the barriers that must be overcome if those changes are to occur. They offer high-quality scholarship and thoughtful prescriptions for productive policy alternatives.

 CONTRIBUTORS: John E. Chubb, Williamson M. Evers, Chester E. Finn Jr., Eric A. Hanushek, Paul T. Hill, Caroline M. Hoxby, Tom Loveless, Terry M. Moe, Paul E. Peterson, Herbert J. Walberg, Grover “Russ” Whitehurst

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Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Chester E. Finn Jr., scholar, educator, and public servant, has devoted most of his career to improving education in the United States. A senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and chairman of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, Finn is also president of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and Thomas B. Fordham Institute and senior editor of Education Next.His primary focus is the reform of primary and secondary schooling.continued




Richard Sousa

Richard Sousa is senior associate director and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has been at the Hoover Institution since 1990. Sousa, an economist, specializes in discrimination, labor market issues, and K-12 education.

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Contents

Foreword
John Raisian

Introduction
Chester E. Finn Jr.

List of Acronyms

Part I: Governance, Politics, and Personnel

1      Rethinking Governance
        Paul T. Hill

2      Boosting Teacher Effectiveness
        Eric A. Hanushek

3      Facing the Union Challenge
        Terry M. Moe

Part II: Crucial Changes

4      Transforming via Technology
        John E. Chubb

5      Expanding the Options
        Herbert J. Walberg

6      Implementing Standards and Testing
        Williamson M. Evers

7      Holding Students to Account
        Paul E. Peterson

Part III: Resources and Research

8      Strengthening the Curriculum
        Tom Loveless

9      Covering the Costs
        Caroline M. Hoxby

10      Relying on Evidence
        Grover "Russ" Whitehurst

11      Educating Smart Kids, Too
        Chester E. Finn Jr.

Contributors

About the Hoover Institution's Koret Task Force on K-12 Education

Books of Related Interest

Index



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