Book Talk: Letters to a Young Education Reformer, with Rick Hess
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 03/01/2017
Uploaded: 04/07/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Book Talks, Gottesman Libraries Archive, Gottesman Libraries' Education Program
Tags: Educational Policy, politics and education, school reform

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Description/Abstract: Book Talk: Letters to a Young Education Reformer, with Rick Hess, Thursday, 3/23, 7-9pm


In Letters to a Young Education Reformer (Harvard Education Press, 2017), Frederick M. Hess distills knowledge from twenty-five years of working in and around school reform. Inspired by his conversations with young, would-be reformers who are passionate about transforming education, the book offers a window into Hess’s thinking about what education reform is and should be.

Hess writes that “reform is more a matter of how one thinks about school improvement than a recital of programs and policy proposals.” Through his essays, he explores a range of topics, including: Talkers and Doers; The Temptations of Bureaucracy; The Value in Talking with Those Who Disagree; Why You Shouldn’t Put Too Much Faith in Experts; Philanthropy and Its Discontents; and The Problem with Passion."
-- Publisher's Description

An educator, political scientist and author, Frederick M. Hess is Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. Dr. Hess studies K-12 and higher education issues. His books include The Cage-Busting Teacher, Cage-Busting Leadership, Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age, The Same Thing Over and Over,, Education Unbound, Common Sense School Reform, Revolution at the Margins, and Spinning Wheels. He is also the author of the popular Education Week blog, Rick Hess Straight Up and is a regular contributor to The Hill. Hess’s work has appeared in scholarly and popular outlets such as Teachers College Record, Harvard Education Review, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, American Politics Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Phi Delta Kappan, Educational Leadership, U.S. News & World Report, National Affairs, USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and National Review. He has edited widely cited volumes on the Common Core, the role of for-profits in education, education philanthropy, school costs and productivity, the impact of education research, and No Child Left Behind. Hess serves as executive editor of Education Next, as lead faculty member for the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program, and on the review board for the Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. He also serves on the boards of directors of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers and 4.0 SCHOOLS. A former high school social studies teacher, he teaches or has taught at the University of Virginia, the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Rice University and Harvard University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Government, as well as an M.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, from Harvard University.

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis.

Please rsvp with your interest and details by Tuesday, March 21st.

Where: 306 Russell