Education reform: Beware of experts | IN 60 SECONDS


We trust experts, but that doesn’t always work out, especially in the field of education policy. Back in 2001, Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act. Set the ambitious goal that a hundred percent of our nation’s students would be reading and doing math on grade level by 2014. Didn’t work out. We didn’t even come close, but along the way we actually did some real harm. Schools got over-focused on testing; kids got caught up in drill-and-kill assignment; and parents got concerned that schools forgot a lot of what matters for a kid’s education. Or take the Obama administration’s School Improvement Grants program. Seven billion dollars later, a 2017 federal evaluation found that the program made no difference for kids in participating schools. Expertise has a role to play, but experts only know a little bit about what actually goes on in complicated schools and among the complexities of education policy. That’s why you’d do well to take advice from any of us experts with more than a few grains of salt. To learn more about my take on school reform, check the links in the description below. Also, let us know what other topics you’d like AEI scholars to cover in 60 seconds.

7 thoughts on “Education reform: Beware of experts | IN 60 SECONDS”

  1. Good video AEI and ur experts think very highly of themselves and that's great but I'd really like to hear that Education starts at home and the parents have to care half as much as the teachers?!?!?

  2. Not all children can do things on grade level. Kids with disabilities can become successful but you can't expect a child to pass a test in 3rd grade when they are reading on a 1st grade level. You can't expect a child with an IQ of less than 70 to perform on grade level in all subjects. It's ridiculous that my students have to take the same test as everyone else. When there was a modified test my kids actually felt like they had a shot.

  3. If this expert is telling me that experts aren't reliable, then how reliable is this expert's expert take on the experts?

  4. It's the current year & if you put your child in any Anglophone school anywhere in the world, in ten years time you'll wish you'd never had children.

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