John E. Chubb

Distinguished Visiting Fellow
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John E. Chubb passed away on November 12, 2015.

Chubb, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, was 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 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 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 was The Best Teachers in the World: Why We Don’t Have Them and How We Could (Hoover Institution Press 2012). He was 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, argued 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 held 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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Analysis and Commentary

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...

In the News

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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A Philadelphia Story

by John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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

In the News

Closing the Door on Innovation: Why One National Curriculum is Bad for America

by John E. Chubb, David Davenport, Richard A. Epstein, Williamson M. Evers, Robert P. George, David R. Henderson, Edwin Meese III, Michael McConnell, Shelby Steele, Herbert J. Walbergvia
Monday, May 9, 2011

A Critical Response to the Shanker Institute Manifesto and the U.S. Department of Education’s Initiative to Develop a National Curriculum and National Assessments Based on National Standards...

American Education in 2030: Equality and Technology

by John E. Chubbvia Analysis
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The achievement gap is not quite a thing of the past in 2030. 

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American Education in 2030

by Grover J. Whitehurst, Paul E. Peterson, Terry M. Moe, Tom Loveless, Paul T. Hill, Eric Hanushek, Williamson M. Evers, John E. Chubb, Caroline M. Hoxby, Chester E. Finn Jr., Herbert J. Walbergvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, March 22, 2010

In these essays, members of the Hoover Institution's Task Force on K-12 education, joined by several keen-eyed observers, blend prediction with prescription to paint a vivid picture of American primary and secondary education in 2030.

In the News

Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future

by John E. Chubb, Terry M. Moe with Chester E. Finn Jr., Eric Hanushek, Caroline M. Hoxbyvia InsiderOnline (Heritage Foundation)
Tuesday, January 19, 2010

At the risk of making technological marvels sound like magic potions, a very good case can be made —or more precisely, Terry Moe and John Chubb have made it in their very good book—that the most potent force for fundamentally changing such patterns of mediocrity and worse is higher and higher technology, as it can accomplish what politics and bureaucracies are encoded to block. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

The Learning Stimulus?

by John E. Chubbvia Education Week
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Obama administration recently opened the sluice gates again—directing $44 billion of the economic-stimulus package to the schools.

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The Learning Stimulus?

by John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

To ensure the money actually produces results, the administration could take additional steps