Why Are the Public Schools Failing and What Can Be Done?
Thursday, July 5, 2001
Held at The Independent Institute Conference Center
American children learn less than they did 30 years ago, and even where there are signs of improvement, they are small. Many high school graduates90 percent of whom attended government-operated public schoolslack the skills needed in todays knowledge-intensive workplace. Parents and educators have long recognized the shortcomings of the public school system, but their efforts to reform it have failed. Are school vouchers and charter schools the answer? What about teacher-owned schools? What other reforms might make schools more innovative and accountable to parents? Education experts Richard Vedder and John Merrifield examined new strategies for achieving educational excellence.