Weekend Reading: American Education 2030
The Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education has released a new e-book, American Education 2030, that looks at what education will look like in 20 years. The book includes 15 chapters written by task force members, many of whom are also Education Next editors, bloggers, and contributors.
As noted in the press release for the book:
Grover Whitehurst describes the instructional revolution that he foresees, emphasizing the impact of technology on curriculum and learning.
Dan Willingham shows how some of the heavy burden now placed on teachers will be eased, freeing them to become far more effective and focused on instruction.
Caroline Hoxby shows how teacher compensation and effectiveness will be transformed; outlines fundamental changes in how America will pay for public education; and, ultimately, how the payment schemes affect academic performance.
Tom Loveless examines the crucial role of the time that youngsters spend learning and how this will change both in school and at home.
Terry Moe describes the new politics of American education as technology permeates the system and school choice becomes ubiquitous.
In her second essay, Hoxby states that schools will be financed by a portable, per-child budget funded through payroll and sales taxes. Bad schools will be driven out of the market as students leave to go to better schools.
Finally, Chester Finn describes the expansion of school choice, shows how obstacles to still greater expansion can be overcome, and illustrates the extent of education change that can occur in twenty years.
The entire book can be downloaded as a PDF here.
Videos to go with the chapters are here.
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