Klein reviews Steven Brill and Terry Moe’s books on reforming public education

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Terry M. Moe

Joel Klein, executive vice president at News Corp. and CEO of the company's education division and former chancellor of the New York City public schools (2002–10), reviewed two publications by Steven Brill, a well-known journalist, and Hoover fellow Terry M. Moe, a member of the Institution's Koret Task Force on K–12 education at the Hoover Institution and the William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. Klein described two opposing views:  the “traditionalist” and the “reformist.”  “ At their core they [Brill and Moe] share the reformist perspective and conclude that teachers unions—fueled by the manpower and money they can mobilize and the enormous political power they enjoy as a result—are the major obstacle to solving the education crisis,” Klein explains. Brill’s remarkable anecdotes show how reform can lead to better results, whereas Moe “believes that new technologies have the capacity to stimulate reform as well as alter the dynamics between labor, management, and public policy,” Brill states. Click here to read the full article.