From the Back Cover
“Failing Our Brightest Kids provides a comprehensive analysis of the failure to educate American students to high levels. Using international comparisons, Finn and Wright provide clear recommendations and opportunities for action that meet both the challenge and charge of America—educational excellence and equity.”
—Hanna Skandera, secretary of education, New Mexico Public Education Department
“Finn and Wright make a strong case that policy makers and education leaders must work to improve the education of academically talented children from all socioeconomic categories so that our nation lives up to its commitment to equity, maintains its competitive edge, and helps these children develop as happy and productive citizens.”
—M. René Islas, executive director, National Association for Gifted Children
“This book provides myriad insights into why the US has a relatively poor record of educating its best students and gives a clear, balanced prescription for what is to be done. The bottom line: we should not settle for getting everyone merely to proficiency; we need actively to cultivate our star students, particularly those from poor families.”
—Harold Levy, executive director, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and former New York City schools chancellor
“With this vital and controversial book, Checker Finn and Brandon Wright have made a huge contribution to educational thinking on a subject that has been neglected for far too long. Policy makers across America and beyond should pay attention!”
—Sir Michael Barber, chief education advisor, Pearson
Chester E. Finn, Jr., is a distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Brandon L. Wright is a managing editor and policy associate at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
Failing Our Brightest Kids is a volume in the Educational Innovations series.