Letters to a Young Education Reformer

Letters to a Young Education Reformer

Frederick M. Hess
Cloth, 200 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-023-8
Price: 58.00

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Paper, 200 Pages
Pub. Date: April 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-022-1
Price: 29.00

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In Letters to a Young Education Reformer, Frederick M. Hess distills knowledge from twenty-five years of working in and around school reform. Inspired by his conversations with young, would-be reformers who are passionate about transforming education, the book offers a window into Hess’s thinking about what education reform is and should be.


Every prospective teacher, education advocate, and education journalist ought to read Letters to a Young Education Reformer, the latest wise and evenhanded book by Rick Hess, one of the few true iconoclasts in education reform. I always learn something from his work, and this book—informed by his decades of experience as an educator, policy expert, and also as a parent—is no exception. — Dana Goldstein, author, The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession

Regardless of their political views and commitments, readers will learn much about reform in this important book. It stimulates deep thinking and will surely ignite productive conversations with others who are concerned about a range of school improvement imperatives. — Shaun R. Harper, Clifford and Betty Allen Professor, University of Southern California Rossier School of Education

Whether his missives usually leave you cheering or fuming, Letters to a Young Education Reformer is timely and worth the read, especially his chapter on talking with those who disagree. — Stacey Childress, CEO, NewSchools Venture Fund

In this politically polarized climate, Hess’s analysis forces readers to consider a range of evidence and opinions as they seek to make a difference in schools today. — Pedro A. Noguera, distinguished professor of education, Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

I can always count on Rick Hess to make me think, and this book is no exception. It will be an important source of insight and motivation for the next generation of scholar-activists in education. — Sara Goldrick-Rab, author of Paying the Price, and professor of higher education policy, Temple University

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Frederick M. Hess is the director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.