A Primer on America's Schools (Hoover Institution Press Publication)

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In this volume the eleven members of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education provide a broad overview of the American education system—pulling together basic facts about its structure and operation, identifying key problems that hinder its performance, and offering perspectives on the requirements of genuine reform.

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The modern history of American education is a history of dashed hopes—and continuing demands for real reform that will bring significant improvements. There are no easy answers, but one thing is clear. Policymakers must move away from familiar approaches that have long been unproductive, seek out good ideas that are well supported by theory and evidence, and put them into action.

It was this challenge that prompted John Raisian, director of the Hoover Institution, to bring together the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, a stellar group of experts dedicated to forging a stronger connection between social science and public policy—and known for thinking outside the box about education problems and solutions.

In A Primer on America's Schools, these experts take an important step toward school reform by offering an insightful overview of the American education system. Each chapter is written by a task force member who specializes in the subject at hand, with topics that range from structure to curriculum to achievement to accountability to teachers unions. Throughout, the aim is to convey—in simple language devoid of the usual academic jargon—the basic facts that people need to know if the education system and its prospects for reform are to be well understood.

Terry M. Moe, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor of political science at Stanford University, is the coauthor (with John Chubb) of Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools. He also edited Private Vouchers (Hoover Institution Press), the first book to chronicle the growing support for school vouchers for low-income children.

Contributors: Koret Task Force on K–12 Education—John E. Chubb, Williamson M. Evers, Chester E. Finn Jr., Eric A. Hanushek, Paul T. Hill, E.D. Hirsch Jr., Caroline M. Hoxby, Terry M. Moe, Paul E. Peterson, Diane Ravitch, Herbert J. Walberg

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Terry M. Moe is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of the Institution's Koret Task Force on K-12 education, and a professor of political science at Stanford University. He is an expert on educational policy, U.S. political institutions, and organization theory. His current research projects are concerned with school choice, public bureaucracy, and the presidency.

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