Learning as We Go: Why School Choice Is Worth the Wait, by Paul T. Hill

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Stanford
Learning as We Go: Why School Choice is Worth the Wait
Learning as We Go: Why School Choice is Worth the Wait
Learning as We Go tells it straight. We can't get effective schools for kids who are not learning now without choice and competition. But to get what choice can deliver we must give it a chance. That means serious changes in state policy, real investments in new methods, and honest information for parents who want to find the right schools for their children.
Howard Fuller, founder, Black Alliance for Educational Options

Paul Hill’s Learning as We Go provides a thoughtful, balanced, and powerful analysis of choice-focused education reforms. A refreshing contrast to the stridency and absolutism of much of the school choice debate, it’s essential reading for anyone concerned about improving American education.
Andrew J. Rotherham, cofounder and publisher, Education Sector, and author of Eduwonk.com

Issues behind the hotly debated topic of school choice are scrutinized by Hoover fellow Paul T. Hill in Learning as We Go: Why School Choice Is Worth the Wait (Hoover Press, 2010). Concerned that the debate over the value of school choice has been badly framed as an either-or proposition, Hill argues that “the real argument for choice is complex and conditional, not simple.”

In Learning as We Go, Hill examines the real-world-factors that can complicate, delay, and even in some instances interfere with the cause-and-effect relationships identified by the theories behind school choice. He explains why schools of choice haven’t yet achieved a broader appeal and suggests more-realistic expectations about timing and a more complete understanding of what must be done to make choice work.

Hill is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education. He is the John and Marguerite Corbally Professor at the University of Washington-Bothell and the director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education.

Learning as We Go: Why School Choice Is Worth the Wait,
by Paul T. Hill

ISBN-978-0-8179-1014-3   $19.95
139 pages February 2010