Bill Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, will moderate a workshop on K–12 education at the California Republican Party convention workshop series on September 17, 2011. The workshop will discuss education issues in California, including testing and accountability, curriculum, charter schools and open enrollment, and teachers’ unions. Click here for more information about the event.
“The enemy I fear most is complacency. We are about to be hit by the full force of global competition. If we continue to ignore the obvious task at hand…our children and grandchildren will pay the price.” Charles Vest, the former president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Hoover senior fellows and members of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson describe how the United States compares to developed countries of the world in math achievement. On average US students place 32nd in the world in math, following Portugal. The best state, Massachusetts, is only 9th in the world; the most populous state (California) comes in 37th. (5:59)
Mike Petrilli, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he specializes in education policy studies, discusses the White House's plan to waive No Child Left Behind provisions for states that adopt its preferred policies.
Hoover senior fellows and members of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson label California's answer to the potential cuts in school funding—reducing the school year—as the worst possible policy. Hanushek and Peterson note that eliminating bad teachers could improve schools by ensuring a good teacher for everyone. (5:35)
Whether racing to the top or sinking in debt (or both), some governors are taking the school-reform baton back from Washington. By Chester E. Finn Jr.