If anybody knows the past and the present state of education in the United States, and is equipped to discuss the future of education, it is Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, which recently celebrated its sixteenth anniversary. Over the years the distinguished education experts have analyzed and commented on many aspects of education policy. Now they look to the future in their new book What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools, released by the Hoover Press at the Hoover Institution’s Blended Learning conference in January 2014.
As noted in the foreword by Hoover’s director John Raisian, education is an often under-acknowledged point of public policy, but, as emphasized throughout the book, it is vital for the future of the United States. The book, coedited by Hoover research fellows Chester Finn and Richard Sousa, is in three thematic sections–Governance, Politics, and Personnel; Crucial Changes; and Resources and Research–featuring essays from each of the eleven task force members. Those essays focus on attainable and necessary education reforms, making the book a must-read for anyone concerned about the state of American education.
For more information, see the book’s web page and related press release. An excerpt of the essay by Hoover senior fellow Caroline Hoxby is also available from the Defining Ideas article "The Global Achievement Gap".