John E. Chubb

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John E. Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, is the president of the National Association of Independent Schools. He served as the interim CEO of Education Sector, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization. He was a founder of EdisonLearning, a company that for nearly twenty years has partnered with public school districts and charter school boards nationwide to provide innovative schools and education programs with a focus on disadvantaged students.

He previously served as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and faculty member at Stanford University. He has also served as an adviser, consultant, and speaker for the White House and for many state governments, public and private school systems, and nonprofit organizations.

Chubb’s most recent book is The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don’t Have Them and How We Could (Hoover Institution Press 2012). He is the author of several other books, including Liberating Learning and Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools, both coauthored with Hoover Institution senior fellow and fellow K–12 Education Task Force member Terry M. Moe, and Learning from No Child Left Behind. Chubb also edited Within Our Reach: How America Can Educate Every Child, an assessment by the Koret Task Force. His book Politics, Markets, and America’s Schools, which analyzes five hundred public and private high schools using data gathered from more than twenty thousand students, teachers, and principals, argues that free-market principles should become part of the American education system.

Articles written by Chubb have appeared in the Brookings Review, American Political Science Review, Public Interest, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, and other publications.

Chubb also coedited Can the Government Govern? with Hoover Institution distinguished visiting fellow and fellow K–12 Education Task Force member Paul E. Peterson.

Chubb holds a PhD from the University of Minnesota and an AB summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, both in political science.

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The Best Teachers in the World

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2013

Favor experience over credentials, hire the most qualified, and let principals lead. By John E. Chubb.

School Buses
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A Smarter Way to Grade State's High Schools

by John E. Chubbvia San Diego Union-Tribune
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Everyone agrees that high schools should prepare students to be “college- and career-ready.” But there’s much less agreement on how to measure these essential goals.

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The Best Teachers in the World

by John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas
Friday, November 9, 2012

Why we don’t have them and how we could get them.

Piano Keys
Blogs

Do Piano Teachers Need to Know How to Play the Piano?

by John E. Chubbvia Education Next
Friday, November 2, 2012

Silly question—it might seem. How could someone be expected to teach piano if they do not know how to play themselves?

Extracurricular Revolution

by John E. Chubb, Terry M. Moevia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 26, 2012

Online learning poses no threat to the cherished college experience, which it will only change for the better. By John E. Chubb and Terry M. Moe.

The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don't Have Them and How We Could

The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don’t Have Them and How We Could

by John E. Chubbvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, October 10, 2012

John Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, a member of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and interim CEO of Education Sector, has w

Blogs

Our K20 Task Force

by John E. Chubbvia Education Sector
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Blogs

‘Vouchers Unspoken,’ Predictable—But Unproductive

by John E. Chubbvia Education Next
Monday, June 18, 2012

In the long run, education is the key to our troubled economy. But, if new ideas are immediately subject to caricature and politicization, we won’t be hearing many of them...

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Higher Education's Online Revolution

by John E. Chubb, Terry M. Moevia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, May 31, 2012

The substitution of technology (which is cheap) for labor (which is expensive) can vastly increase access to an elite-caliber education...

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A Philadelphia Story

by John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Or, how technology will fundamentally reverse the course of our failing public schools...

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