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ERIC Number: ED573214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun-19
Pages: 147
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-0-8157-0373-0
Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School
Hanushek, Eric A.; Peterson, Paul E.; Woessmann, Ludger
Brookings Institution Press
The relative deficiencies of U.S. public schools are a serious concern to parents and policymakers. But they should be of concern to all Americans, as a globalizing world introduces new competition for talent, markets, capital, and opportunity. In "Endangering Prosperity," a trio of experts on international education policy compares the performance of American schools against that of other nations. The net result is a mixed but largely disappointing picture that clearly shows where improvement is most needed. The authors' objective is not to explain the deep causes of past failures but to document how dramatically the U.S. school system has failed its students and its citizens. "Endangering Prosperity" is a wake-up call for structural reform. To move forward to a different and better future requires that we understand just how serious a situation America faces today. The following appendices are included: (1) Methodology for Comparing U.S. and International Performance; and (2) Two Measures of Reading Proficiency. [Foreword by Lawrence H. Summers.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment