Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the extent that reducing the use of “exclusionary discipline,” especially for disadvantaged groups is actually altering school practice—and are those alterations doing good or harm?
The Rand Corporation’s provocative policy brief on “truth decay” points to failings in the education system as one of a quartet of causes of today’s widening inability among Americans to distinguish between fact and fiction.
David and Joan Traitel Building, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Hoover’s 2017 Fall Retreat—featuring one of the institution’s most distinguished guest speakers ever, the milestone dedication of the David and Joan Traitel Building, and a multi-day series of talks on restoring economic prosperity—was an extraordinary cap on a year of major accomplishments.
A quality public education is the right of every child and the foundation of every community. A good education is the best path out of poverty and will provide every child with a chance to succeed in life. Yet in Los Angeles less than 30 percent of students meet state standards in math; less than 40 percent of students meet state standards in English. Only one-third of LA Unified School District’s 2015/16 graduating cohort met the standards to apply to California’s public universities. Another 25 percent did not graduate.
Annenberg Conference Room, Lou Henry Hoover Building
Emily Oster, Professor of Economics at Brown University, addressed the policy lunch group, sharing with us a project underway studying health behaviors. She discussed "Changes in Household Diet: Determinants and Predictability.”
The K–12 Education Task Force focuses on education policy as it relates to government provision and oversight versus private solutions (both within and outside the public school system) that stress choice, accountability, and transparency.