Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform since Sputnik

Chester E. Finn Jr.

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Few people have been more involved in shaping postwar U.S. education reforms--or dissented from some of them more effectively--than Chester Finn. Assistant secretary of education under Ronald Reagan, and an aide to politicians as different as Richard Nixon and Daniel Moynihan, Finn has also been a high school teacher, an education professor, a prolific and best-selling writer, a think-tank analyst, a nonprofit foundation president, and both a Democrat and Republican. This remarkably varied career has given him an extraordinary insider's view of every significant school-reform movement of the past four decades, from racial integration to No Child Left Behind. In Troublemaker, Finn has written a vivid history of postwar education reform that is also the personal story of one of the foremost players--and mavericks--in American education.


Finn tells how his experiences have shaped his changing views of the three major strands of postwar school reform: standards-driven, choice-driven, and profession-driven. Of the three, Finn now believes that a combination of choice and standards has the greatest potential, but he favors this approach more on pragmatic than ideological grounds, arguing that parents should be given more options at the same time that schools are allowed more flexibility and held to higher performance norms. He also explains why education reforms of all kinds are so difficult to implement, and he draws valuable lessons from their frequent failure.


Clear-eyed yet optimistic, Finn ultimately gives grounds for hope that the best of today's bold initiatives--from charter schools to technology to makeovers of school-system governance--are finally beginning to make a difference.

From the Inside Flap:

"An informative, feisty new book about education. You'll love it or hate it; Finn is never dull."--Theodore R. Sizer, former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education


"Troublemaker is a lively and personal insider's guide to the last half-century of education reform, and no one but Checker Finn could have written it. He has indeed mastered the art of speaking candidly, unsettling conventional wisdom, and finding constant delight in the joys of intellectual independence."--Diane Ravitch


"Nobody knows more about education policy and school reform than Chester Finn and nobody has participated in--or shaped--more of it. His unique blend of memoir and history makes this book a must for anyone with a serious interest in American education."--William J. Bennett


"Checker Finn is irreverent, smart, and a scrupulous inspector of American education. His immensely readable tour of its last forty years offers a refreshing perspective for anyone who cares about children and schools."--Lamar Alexander, U.S. senator and former U.S. secretary of education


"This book is a treasure for present citizens and future historians. Chester Finn has been a hugely energetic participant in recent American education and one of its acutest observers. No one knows more about the subject than he. No one writes with a keener wit or more pungent style. The title, Troublemaker, is apt. With puckish good humor (and like Shakespeare's Puck), he makes trouble--for those who put their own comfortable habits ahead of what is good for children and the country."--E. D. Hirsch, Jr.


"Satisfying and hope-inspiring, Troublemaker makes sense of the last several decades of school reform as the product not of impersonal forces but of people with ideas and motivations."--Paul T. Hill, University of Washington


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