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The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship: Possibilities for School Reform Paperback – September 23, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1891792984 ISBN-10: 1891792989

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Press (September 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891792989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891792984
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume comprises some of the deepest thinking to date on many of the most pressing issues related to school reform. Its authors tell us not just what must be done, but how to do it. I recommend this book most enthusiastically. --Clayton M. Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School

The last decade has witnessed an unprecedented wave of social entrepreneurs who have set their sights on improving America s K 12 education system, yet this phenomenon has gone largely unexamined until now. Frederick Hess and his team of analysts offer an honest examination of what is considered by many to be the most exciting and most promising sector of public education. Questions about scale, replicability, and systemic impact are sure to dominate the education policy landscape for years to come, and this work takes the first stab at laying out these important issues. --Joe Williams, Executive Director, Democrats for Education Reform

The Future of Educational Entrepreneurship illuminates the emerging ecosystem of edupreneurism in the United States. It is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the confounding complexity of the supply side of education reform and certainly for anyone wishing to enter the field. By reading this book, new edupreneurs can relinquish their naiveté while maintaining their passion for improving public education. The book is right on target and may even tell too many of our secrets. And yet, a movement that fails to critically assess and reform itself can t expect to improve anything else. This is powerful stuff. --Caprice Young, President and CEO, California Charter Schools Association

About the Author

Frederick M. Hess is director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute and executive editor of Education Next. He has edited and authored numerous books, including With the Best of Intentions: How Philanthropy Is Reshaping K 12 Education and Educational Entrepreneurship: Realities, Challenges, Possibilities, both published by Harvard Education Press.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lorenzo on September 24, 2009
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Hess is a perceptive observer of what he sees. Unfortunately, his observations and insights correlate only to the narrow world of for-profit charters and ed. services ventures. He gets it right on why schools and districts are hard to work with and hard to improve. However, his contributing commentators and his own examples and ideas are drawn from the small group of folks who think that economic forces are capable of becoming the driver in educational improvement, so the book is not nearly expansive or provocative enough to be as helpful as I had hoped.
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An educator, political scientist and author, Rick Hess studies K-12 and higher education issues. His books include Cage-Busting Leadership, The Same Thing Over and Over, Education Unbound, Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins, and Spinning Wheels, and he writes the popular Education Week blog "Rick Hess Straight Up." Rick's work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, the Washington Post, the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, and National Review. Rick serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, on the review boards for the Broad Prize in Urban Education and the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools, and on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and 4.0 SCHOOLS. A former high school social studies teacher, he has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University, and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard.

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