Saving Schools: History, Politics, and Policy in U.S. Education | HarvardX on edX | About Video
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Saving Schools: History, Politics, and Policy in U.S. Education | HarvardX on edX | About Video

I’m Paul Peterson. I’m the director of the
education policy and governance program at Harvard University. Clearly, the US educational
system needs to do better by its next generation of students
so that they can perform effectively in the world economy
of the 21st century. Saving Schools is a
four course sequence. In all four courses we are asking
leading practitioners and experts to join us, to discuss why we have
headed in the direction we are going, and what steps need to
be taken in the future. In the fourth course,
we look at proposals to give families more school choices. A quarter of families today have a
child in the parent’s school of choice, whether it be a private school,
a charter school, homeschooling, or digital learning. In many states still
more choice opportunities are being developed via
school vouchers, tax credits, the creation of charter schools, and the
development of online learning courses. All these changes in the educational
landscape are raising many issues. What are the arguments of
school choice proponents? What do the critics say? Who’s making use of these
new schools of choice? Do students learn more in a choice
school than a regular school? What happens to those who remain in
traditional public schools operated by local school districts? What might the future of school
choice in the United States look like? Join us in our exploration
of these many questions, both by a look at the latest
research, and in conversations with leading experts and entrepreneurs. Join us for Saving Schools: School
Choice, the fourth and final mini course in the Saving Schools series. The course opens in February of 2015.

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