When low scores on the 2000 PISA exams revealed the inequities in their education system, many German states began to make comprehensive efforts to improve the quality of their schools. For more articles and videos about classrooms around the world, visit our global learning resource page at http://www.edutopia.org/education-everywhere-international-global-resources
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The past quarter century of school reform has been marked by triumphs, setbacks, and heated debate. Reformers have continually tried new ideas to transform schooling, from sophisticated technologies to dynamic funding models and everything in between. Many have had limited success, but none have truly revolutionized K–12 education. Given the opportunities and challenges facing the next generation of reformers, what are the lessons, strategies, and advice that can help them succeed?
Join AEI for a candid conversation with a dozen reformers who have seen it all. Celebrating the release of Frederick Hess’ new book, “Letters to a Young Education Reformer” (Harvard Education Press, April 2017), this conversation seeks to brighten the future of school reform by reflecting honestly on its past.
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A veteran education reformer discusses the state of American education. Click “Show more” to view chapters. For more conversations, visit http://conversationswithbillkristol.org
Chapter 1 (00:15 – 33:10): Reforming American Education
Chapter 2 (33:10 – 1:13:20): Technology and Education
What reforms would most benefit American education? What are the obstacles to putting them in place? What changes to the education sector should we anticipate in the coming years? In this Conversation, Chester Finn, a former assistant secretary of education and veteran scholar of education policy, shares his perspective on the state of American education—covering preschool, K-12, colleges and universities, and continuing education.
According to Finn, American education still boasts sources of strength, such as some very good institutions from pre-K to higher ed. However, he notes America is falling behind other advanced countries in overall educational outcomes. Finn and Kristol address various reform initiatives such as charter schools, the homeschool movement, the marshaling of technology to cut costs and improve outcomes, and various other policy tools that could attract better teachers or otherwise improve schools. While noting the promise in some reform efforts, Finn also highlights the obstacles they have often faced and reflects on why the education system seems so resistant to change. This is a must-see Conversation for anyone interested in a sector so closely tied to the success of America.