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Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High-Caliber, Low-Cost Education
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

In this fascinating Independent Conversation event, world-renowned education scholar and best-selling author Dr. James Tooley is interviewed by Independent Institute Executive Director Dr. Graham H. Walker on Dr. Tooley's new Independent book, "Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High-Caliber, Low-Cost Education," and the issues of educational choice, opportunity, and quality, including the worldwide development of low-cost, private schools for the poor and their relevance to America.

Graham H. Walker
Graham H. Walker is Executive Director and Assistant Editor for The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy at the Independent Institute. He received his Ph.D. in public law and government from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Walker has served as Associate Professor of Politics at Catholic University of America, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Scholar in Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ), Senior Research Scholar at the Witherspoon Institute, Headmaster at Oaks Christian School, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, President at Patrick Henry College, Legislative Aide to former Congressman David Stockman, and Fellow at the Presidio Institute.
James Tooley
James Tooley is Vice Chancellor (President) of the University of Buckingham in England, where he also serves as Professor of Educational Entrepreneurship and Policy, a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, and the author of the independent book, Really Good Schools: Global Lessons for High-Caliber, Low-Cost Education. He was formerly Director of the E. G. West Centre and Professor of Education Policy at Newcastle University upon Tyre, and temporarily Global Head of Low Cost Schools for GEMS Education. He received his Ph.D. in education from the University of London, and his work has been featured in the PBS documentary, "Meet the New Heroes," profiled alongside the work of Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank. He has also been featured in a documentary for the BBC World and on "Philanthropy Magazine" has described him as “a 21st century Indiana Jones,” traveling to “the remotest regions on Earth researching something that many regard as mythical: private, parent-funded schools serving the Third World poor.”

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