|aHow to educate an American : |bthe conservative vision for tomorrow's schools / |cedited by Michael J. Petrilli and Chester E. Finn, Jr. ; preface by Lamar Alexander.
|aconservative vision for tomorrow's schools
|aWest Conshohocken, PA : |bTempleton Press, |cc2020.
|axiv, 287 p. : |bill. ; |c24 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references and index.
|gPreface /|rSenator Lamar Alexander --|tTime to re-engage / Michael J. Petrilli and Chester E. Finn, Jr. --|gPart 1:|tHistory Civics, and citizenship.|tIrradiating the past /|rJoan Goldberg --|tHistory: critical and patriotic /|rEliot A. Cohen --|tWhat causes, and what might cure, illiberalism and groupthink in education? /|rRobert P. George --|tPhilanthropy and the civic education challenge /|rAdam Meyerson and Adam Kissel --|gPart 2:|tCharacter, purpose, and striving.|tThe education of character/|rPeter Wehner --|tRestoring purpose and patriotism to American education /|rWilliam Damon --|tRace, discipline, and education /|rHeather Mac Donald --|tEducating the gifted /|rMichael Barone --|tFocusing on student effort /|rRod Paige --|tFrom help to need: a new education agenda /|rArthur C. Brooks and Nathan Thompson --|gPart 3:|tSchools, families and society.|tSchool choice and the toughest-case kids /|rNaomi Schaefer Riley --|tCan education ease America's "Men without work" crisis /|rNicholas Eberstadt --|tRethinking the mission of high school /|rRamesh Ponnuru --|tThe cultural contradictions of American education /|rKay Hymowitz --|tYou can't argue with success, or can you? /|rMona Charen --|tMeasure what matters: family structure and student outcomes /|rIan Rowe --|gPart 4:|tRenew the conservative education agenda.|tBack to basics for conservative education reform /|rYuval Levin --|tRebuilding a conservative consensus: the need for a great relearning /|rWilliam J. Bennett --|tConclusion: how to educate an American /|rMichael J. Petrilli and Chester E. Finn, Jr.
In the years after A Nation at Risk, conservatives' ideas to reform America's lagging education system gained much traction. Key items like school choice and rigorous academic standards drew bipartisan support and were put into practice across the country. Today, these gains are in retreat, ceding ground to progressive nostrums that do little to boost the skills and knowledge of young people. Far from being discouraged, however, conservatives should seize the moment to refresh their vision of quality K-12 education for today's America. These essays by 20 leading conservative thinkers do just that. Students, according to this vision, should complete high school with a thorough understanding of the country's history, including gratitude for its sacrifices, respect for its achievements, and awareness of its shortcomings. They should also learn to be trustworthy stewards of a democratic republic, capable of exercising virtue and civic responsibility. Beyond helping to form their character, schools ought to ready their pupils for careers that are productive, rewarding, and dignified. Excellent technical-training opportunities will await those not headed to a traditional college. Regardless of the paths and schools that they select, all students must come to understand that they can succeed in America if they are industrious, creative, and responsible. Anchored in tradition yet looking towards tomorrow, How to Educate an American should be read by anyone concerned with teaching future generations to preserve the country's heritage, embody its universal ethic, and pursue its founding ideals.
Michael J. Petrilli is president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, executive editor of Education Next, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow for the Education Commission of the States.Chester E. Finn, Jr. is Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Fordham Institute and a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.