The Futures of School Reform

The Futures of School Reform

Edited by Jal Mehta, Robert B. Schwartz, and Frederick M. Hess
cloth, 280 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-472-8
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Pub. Date: September 2012
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paper, 280 Pages
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The Futures of School Reform represents the culminating work of a three-year discussion among national education leaders convened by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Our country is faced with an absolutely frightening crisis and challenge: we must radically improve our education system or our children will simply be unable to compete in the global economy. The diverse voices in this book demonstrate that there is no single solution, but the writers are united in their urgency. This eye-opening book should be required reading for educators and policy makers across America. — Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone

Essays in this volume do more than add another layer to the contemporary school reform debate. The book’s unique contribution is the mixture of alternatives that it offers for the future of American school reform. — Pasi Sahlberg, director general of CIMO in Finland, and author of Finnish Lessons

American education is at a crossroads. In The Futures of School Reform, Mehta, Schwartz, and Hess present six essays on education reform strategies that will spark a provocative discussion on how to transform our education system. — Jeb Bush, governor of Florida from 1999–2007, and chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education

Most literature on education reform is like a lighthouse, shining a beacon from a distant, perhaps unreachable place. This book offers readers a compass to point the way forward. It sets the true north for improvement in this most important American institution. — John Deasy, superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District

The Futures of School Reform will be an interesting addition to any library devoted to the topic of systemic change. Its primary appeal lies in the way it brings together an array of ideologically diverse perspectives regarding what needs to be done in order to transform American K-12 schooling from its current dysfunctional state to a system that is truly responsive to 21st-century learning needs. This book can also serve as a useful resource for students in a graduate course on systemic change. — Deepak Prem Subramony, Educational Technology

The discussion delivers a commendable performance of raising awareness and presenting specific considerations in the undertaking of public school reform. — G. Moreno, CHOICE

A mine of information and a must read for educators and the public alike. — Claude Ury, City Book Review

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About the Editors

Jal Mehta is an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Robert B. Schwartz is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Frederick M. Hess is a resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.