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New book: Hard Questions on Global Educational Change

20 January 2017

My new book “Hard Questions on Global Educational Change” is now published by Teachers College Press and available in all main bookstores. It is a very different book than Finnish Lessons 2.0 in many ways. Hard Questions is a joint effort with my Harvard University teaching team and our students during academic year 2015/2016 who took the HGSE course A319 with the same title. Students worked in teams of three and researched, explored, debated and wrote one chapter for the book. In this way the book is a platform for these young educators, many of them future leaders as well, to have a voice in global education conversation. The aim of these chapters is to highlight the complex nature of selected hard questions and how new questions is often better outcome than one single answer to that question.

This new book focuses on some of the most controversial issues in contemporary education reform around the world.

  • Does parental choice improve education systems?
  • Is there a future for teacher unions?
  • What is the right answer to the standardized testing question?
  • Can schools prepare children for the 21st-century workplace?
  • Will technology save schools?
  • Can anyone be a teacher?
  • Should higher education be for the public good?
  • What knowledge and skills should an educator have?

Our international team of student: Aditi Adhikari, Love Basillote, Jason Brown, Janine Campbell, Chu Chen, Momar Dieng, Fairuz Alia Jamaluddin, Zachary Goldman, Aline Hankey, Amanda Klonsky, Elaine Koh, Lauren Marston, Lauren Owen, Elyse Postlewaite, Wen Qiu, Jonathan Seiden, Reema Souraya, Randy Tarnowski, Terence Tan Wei Ting, Kolja Wohlleben, and Sharon Yoo. Jonathan Hasak and Vanessa Rodriguez are my Teaching Fellows at HGSE.

Each educational change question sheds much-needed light on today’s large-scale education policies and related reforms around the world. The authors focus on what makes each question globally significant, what we know from international research, and what can be inferred from benchmark evidence. The final chapter offers a model for policymakers with implications for teaching, learning, and schooling overall.

Book Features:

  • An in-depth look at the most contentious areas of contemporary education reform.
  • Concrete examples from across the globe.
  • Commentary from key experts, authorities, and organizations.
  • A consistent, accessible organization that will appeal to faculty and students.
  • Lessons learned that illuminate a good way forward to improve the educational experience of all students.

Join the conversation. Read the book. More on Teachers College Press website.