What Lies Ahead for America's Children and Their Schools

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Hoover Institution Press, 2014 - Education - 226 pages
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The coming decade holds immense potential for dramatic improvement in U.S. education and in the achievement of American children and 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 U.S. education has been, what changes 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 and 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.

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Chester E. Finn, Jr. is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and chairman of the Koret Task Force on education. A former assistant U.S. secretary of education, he serves as president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and is the author of Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform Since Sputnik. Richard Sousa is the senior associate director and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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