Top-notch charter schools can only serve a fraction of America’s school children, meaning most children will continue to be educated in mainstream public schools. How do we ensure that all students receive an excellent education, even in historically failing schools?
In his new book “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools,” University of California–Berkeley Professor David L. Kirp critiques a number of popular reform strategies such as closing failing schools, alternative teacher certification, and charter schools and argues for measures such as quality early-childhood education, a word-soaked curriculum, and hands-on help for teachers.
Inspired by his hometown of Union City, New Jersey, Kirp argues that the US public school system is not irremediably broken; it just needs to be fixed through hard and steady work. Join David Kirp, Frederick M. Hess, and Mike McShane for a discussion about the education reform agenda and its impact on America’s public schools.