Why is education reform so difficult to achieve? Why have reform efforts been a long series of unfulfilled promises
To achieve real and long-lasting change, it is necessary to understand both the basic nature of the problems in American schools and the remedies that could address these problems. This book is a joint effort by the Hoover Institution and the Pacific Research Institute to present a collection of the most insightful recent articles on education reform. The expert contributors provide a clear understanding of why schools and students are underperforming and propose reasonable and effective strategies for successful reform. They explore a wide range of important topics, including teachers and teaching practices, testing, learning disabilities, and school choice, explaining why some reforms are destined to be disappointments whereas others have been proven to work.
School Reform: The Critical Issues gives parents, teachers, school board members, legislators, and members of the news media a straightforward, much-needed account of the problems in our schoolsand what can be done about them.
Williamson M. Evers is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the institutions Koret Task Force on K12 Education. Lance T. Izumi is a senior fellow in California Studies at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy and is director of its Center for School Reform. Pamela A. Riley is associate director of the Pacific Research Institutes Center for School Reform.
Contributors: Philip H. Abelson, Richard Bernstein, Karen Bohlin, William R. Capps, Lynne V. Cheney, Paul Ciotti, Richard Lee Colvin, Mary Eberstadt, Susan Estrich, Ellen D. Fiedler, Chester E. Finn, Jr., Ralph Frammolino, Milton Friedman, Glenn Garvin, David Gelernter, James K. Glassman, Siobahan Gorman, Eric A. Hanushek, Lawrence Hardy, E.D. Hirsch, Jr., Lance T. Izumi, Joanne Jacobs, Jerry Jesness, Alveda C. King, Richard E. Lange, Nicholas Lemann, Tom Loveless, Heather Mac Donald, Britton Manasco, Mary Ellen Maxwell, La Rae G. Munk, David W. Murray, Steve Olson, David Osborne, Lewis J. Perelman, Michael J. Petrilli, Diane Ravitch, Kevin Ryan, Debra J. Saunders, Ruth Shalit, Brother Bob Smith, Thomas Sowell, Laurence Steinberg, Sol Stern, Abigail Thernstrom, Thomas Toch, Maribeth Vander Weele, Joseph P. Viteritti, Joe Williams, Susan Winebrenner, and Robert Worth