John E. Chubb

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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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Learning from No Child Left Behind

by John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A careful examination reveals sufficient justification for continuing to improve public education through the No Child Left Behind Act.

Learning from No Child Left Behind: How and Why the Nation’s Most Important but Controversial Education Law Should Be Renewed by John Chubb

Learning from No Child Left Behind

by John E. Chubbvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Monday, April 6, 2009

How and why the nation's most important but controversial education law should be renewed...

Terry M. Moe

Liberating Learning

by Terry M. Moe, John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The information revolution has globalized the international economy, made communication and social networking virtually instantaneous and costless, and started the first stirrings of a revolution in how children can learn and be educated.

Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education

Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education

by John E. Chubb, Terry M. Moevia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Technology has transformed all aspects of our everyday lives. From online banking to social networking, we communicate, connect, and consume in ways radically different from the past. Yet the average classroom is not that different from the classroom of fifty years ago.

Flexibility Is Not What Is Needed

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, July 30, 2005

Three years after the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Bush administration is being pressed by school administrators, teachers unions, and politicians to ease up on enforcement. With this many critics, NCLB must be doing something right. By John E. Chubb.

Within Our Reach: How America Can Educate Every Child

Within Our Reach: How America Can Educate Every Child

by John E. Chubbvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Saturday, May 21, 2005

The contents of this small booklet are drawn from the book Within Our Reach: How America Can Educate Every Child, published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., in association with the Hoover Institution.

MAKING THE GRADE: The No Child Left Behind Act

with John E. Chubb, Martin Carnoyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, January 14, 2005

In 2001, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act, a bipartisan effort to mandate national education standards and increase federal funding of education. At the time, critics on both sides of the political spectrum were troubled by the expansion of federal power over education that the act represented and by the education standards the act mandated. Now, nearly half a decade later, has No Child Left Behind been a success? If not, how should it be reformed? Peter Robinson speaks with John E. Chubb and Martin Carnoy.

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Our Schools, Still at Risk

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 30, 2004

The debate over school choice is not about ideology or political correctness. It is about providing our children with a decent education. By Hoover fellow John E. Chubb.

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Our Schools, Still at Risk

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, January 12, 2004

Even after two decades of efforts to raise academic standards, provide more resources, reduce class size, and hold schools accountable for improving student achievement, our schools continue to fail many children.

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Five Forgotten Schools

by John E. Chubbvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, October 27, 2003

The story of five forgotten schools serves as one example of the hypocrisy of some school reform.

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