Saving Schools: History, Politics, and Policy in U.S. Education

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Course Date: 08 September 2014 to 20 October 2014 (6 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

Mini-Course 1: History and Politics of U.S. Education

Course Instructors

Paul E. Peterson

Paul E. Peterson is the Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Harvard University and Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance. He is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and editor-in-chief of EducationNext. He is the author of the book Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning (Harvard University Press, 2010).

Course Description

This is the first mini-course in a sequence of four mini-course sequence, releasing on September 8, 2014. This initial mini-course seeks to answer the following question: How did a school system, once the envy of the world, stumble so that the performance in math, science, and reading of U.S. students at age 15 fell below that of students in a majority of the world’s industrialized nations?

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