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Finn, Chester E. Jr 1944-

Works: 145 works in 359 publications in 1 language and 19,003 library holdings
Genres: History  Handbooks and manuals  Case studies  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Photographer
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Most widely held works about Chester E Finn
Most widely held works by Chester E Finn
Charter schools in action : renewing public education by Chester E Finn( Book )

20 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The educated child : a parent's guide from preschool through eighth grade by William J Bennett( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 1,859 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The authors present information needed to prepare children for kindergarten and "a state-of-the-art curriculum from kindergarten through eighth grade ... to monitor what is and isn't being taught in your school."--Jacket
What do our 17-year-olds know? : a report on the first national assessment of history and literature by Diane Ravitch( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 1,575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A report on the results of a test of 17-year-olds' knowledge of history and literature in the United States
Troublemaker : a personal history of school reform since Sputnik by Chester E Finn( )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 1,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Few people have been more involved in shaping postwar U.S. education reforms - or dissented from some of them more effectively - than Chester Finn. Assistant secretary of education under Ronald Reagan, and an aide to politicians as different as Richard Nixon and Daniel Moynihan, Finn has also been a high school teacher, an education professor, a prolific and best-selling writer, a think-tank analyst, a nonprofit foundation president, and both a Democrat and Republican. This remarkably varied career has given him an extraordinary insider's view of every significant school-reform movement of the past four decades, from racial integration to No Child Left Behind. In Troublemaker, Finn has written a vivid history of postwar education reform that is also the personal story of one of the foremost players - and mavericks - in American education." "Finn tells how his experiences have shaped his changing views of the three major strands of postwar school reform: standards-driven, choice-driven, and profession-driven. Of the three, Finn now believes that a combination of choice and standards has the greatest potential, but he favors this approach more on pragmatic than ideological grounds, arguing that parents should be given more options at the same time that schools are allowed more flexibility and held to higher performance norms. He also explains why education reforms of all kinds are so difficult to implement, and he draws valuable lessons from their frequent failure."--Jacket
Reroute the preschool juggernaut by Chester E Finn( )

10 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chester E. Finn, Jr. outlines the issues that define, animate, and complicate today's contentious pre-kindergarten debate in American education. He examines such topics as: which children really need it; how many aren't getting it; who should provide it and at what expense; what is the right balance between education and child care; and how to know whether it is succeeding
Leaving no child behind? : options for kids in failing schools by Frederick M Hess( Book )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 1,046 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This pioneering evaluation of the implementation and effects of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) during its first two years provides both a bird's-eye view of developments across the nation and a closer look at developments in selected states, communities, and schools."--Jacket
What lies ahead for America's children and their schools by Chester E Finn( )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The coming decade holds immense potential for dramatic improvement in U.S. education and in the achievement of American children and in this volume, members of the Hoover Institution's Koret Task Force on K-12 Education examine both the potential gains and the pitfalls that lie ahead, informed by where U.S. education has been, what changes have been made in recent years, and what's still required for the comprehensive overhaul that this vital enterprise so urgently needs. Looking backward is infinitely easier than predicting the future, but planning for the future is necessary if anything is to change and by analyzing the recent past and present condition of American primary and secondary school education across a host of key topics, task force members in this volume chart a bold course for the years ahead. Optimistic about the opportunities at hand, they identify essential--and feasible--reforms as well as the barriers that must be overcome if those changes are to occur. They offer high-quality scholarship and thoughtful prescriptions for productive policy alternatives
Exam schools : inside America's most selective public high schools by Chester E Finn( )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is the best education for exceptionally able and high-achieving youngsters? Can the United States strengthen its future intellectual leadership, economic vitality, and scientific prowess without sacrificing equal opportunity? There are no easy answers but, as Chester Finn and Jessica Hockett show, for more than 100,000 students each year, the solution is to enroll in an academically selective public high school. Exam Schools is the first-ever close-up look at this small, sometimes controversial, yet crucial segment of American public education. This groundbreaking book discusses how these schools work--and their critical role in nurturing the country's brightest students. The 165 schools identified by Finn and Hockett are located in thirty states, plus the District of Columbia. While some are world renowned, such as Boston Latin and Bronx Science, others are known only in their own communities. The authors survey the schools on issues ranging from admissions and student diversity to teacher selection. They probe sources of political support, curriculum, instructional styles, educational effectiveness, and institutional autonomy. Some of their findings are surprising: Los Angeles, for example, has no "exam schools" while New York City has dozens. Asian-American students are overrepresented--but so are African-American pupils. Culminating with in-depth profiles of eleven exam schools and thoughtful reflection on policy implications, Finn and Hockett ultimately consider whether the country would be better off with more such schools. At a time of keen attention to the faltering education system, Exam Schools sheds positive light on a group of schools that could well provide a transformative roadmap for many of America's children
Against mediocrity : the humanities in America's high schools by Chester E Finn( Book )

7 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The place and function of the humanities in the secondary school curriculum education are discussed, and reforms to raise the quality of humanities instruction are suggested in this collection of essays. Literature, history, and languages must be taught in secondary schools in order to provide students with a quality education. The essays are grouped under the topics of the need for humanities, teaching the disciplines, case studies, teacher education, and professionalism and quality teaching. Titles and authors of essays are: "The Uses of Humanistic Schooling" (Harry S. Broudy); "Language, Reasoning, and the Humanities" (Leon Botstein); "English Teaching and Humane Culture" (Robert T. Fancher); "Foreign Languages and Humane Learning" (Carlos R. Hortas); "Improving High School History Teaching" (Clair W. Keller); "Teaching the Humanities: The Ideal within the Real" (Scott Colley); "The Diminished Past: Conditions and Ideals in the Scoial Studies" (Gilbert T. Sewall); "On a Background for Teachers" (Peter R. Pouncey); "The Intellectual Lives of Teachers" (Edwin J. Delattre); "Teacher Education and the Predicaments of Reform" (Gary Sykes); "Teachers and Professionalism" (Jon Moline); "The State's Responsibility for Teacher Quality" (John T. Casteen); "Epilogue: a School Administrator's View" (Peter R. Greer); "Conclusions and Recommendations: High Expectations and Disciplined Effort" (Chester E. Finn, Jr., And Diane Ravitch). A bibliography of materials for further reading is included. (Rm)
Scholars, dollars, and bureaucrats by Chester E Finn( Book )

12 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this second book of the Brookings Institution series of Studies in Higher Education Policy, the complex relationship between the federal government and the nation's higher education system is examined. After a survey of the history and background of Washington's involvement, an appraisal is made of the present condition of postsecondary education with focus on what the government can and cannot do to alleviate problems that lie ahead. Federal assistance programs and government regulation are scrutinized, suggestions are made for reform, and several schemes for government reorganization are analyzed, including the controversial plan for a national Department of Education. Overhauling federal policy, programs, and structure is cautioned against, since too much prescription is thought to be worse than too little, and Washington's piecemeal approach to higher education has worked relatively well to date. Future federal policy, it is suggested, should be directed toward increasing diversity in and access to higher education. (Author/MSE)
We must take charge : our schools and our future by Chester E Finn( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Proposes radical changes in American education championed by all Americans to reverse the atrophy in the nation's educational system
Public policy and private higher education( Book )

8 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 837 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Failing our brightest kids : the global challenge of educating high-ability students by Chester E Finn( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 749 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this volume, the authors argue that, for decades, the United States has done too little to focus on educating students to achieve at high levels. The authors identify two core problems: First, compared to other countries, the United States does not produce enough high achievers. Second, students from disadvantaged backgrounds are severely underrepresented among those high achievers. The authors describe educating students to high levels of achievement as an issue of both equity and human capital: talented students deserve appropriate resources and attention, and the nation needs to develop these students' abilities to remain competitive in the international arena. The authors embark on a study of twelve countries and regions to address these issues, exploring the structures and practices that enable some countries to produce a higher proportion of high-achieving students than the United States and to more equitably represent disadvantaged students among their top scorers. Based on this research, the authors present a series of ambitious but pragmatic points that they believe should inform US policy in this area.--From publisher description
Education reform in the '90s by Chester E Finn( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the wake of the controversial first wave of education reform that swept the United States during the 1980s, observers are beginning to see an incipient second wave. However, in contrast to the marginal changes that dominated the education reform scene of the 1980s, the current wave is propelled by a long-term plan of fundamental, structural improvement. Instead of merely modifying the existing educational system, reformers are calling for a revolutionary restructuring of the education enterprise. Education Reform in the '90s is a contributed work written by leading educators, under the joint auspices of the Educational Excellence Network of Vanderbilt University and the National Conference of State Legislatures. It provides a comprehensive framework for understanding the new restructuring phenomenon and places it in the context of the history of American education and its previous cycles of reform. It is intended for everyone interested in improving the educational system, including state legislators, school administrators, professors, parents, and concerned citizens. The nine chapters of the book are divided into five sections that explore the major issues in education reform. The Changing Nature of School Reform is a broad look at the new wave of reforms, focusing on four major issues: school-based management, voice/choice, teacher empowerment, and "teaching for understanding." Revamping the System focuses on key policy questions related to fundamental restructuring. This section guides educators and policymakers through the major steps of designing and implementing a complex reform package, while cautioning against common pitfalls. Examples of restructuring efforts in Chicago and San Diego are also included in this section. Accountability for Results discusses the new shift in education reform from focusing on educational processes to emphasizing improvements in outcomes. South Carolina and California are shown as examples of states that have implemented radical reform in their assessment and accountability systems. On the Home Front explores state policies intended to empower parents to play a more effective role in their children's education. New Reforms, New Politics discusses how new reforms responding to persistent public pressure for improvement are challenging established methods and changing the political dimension of education reform
Challenges to the humanities( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Education and the Presidency by Chester E Finn( Book )

6 editions published between 1977 and 1978 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No remedy left behind : lessons from a half-decade of NCLB( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 281 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charter school accountability : findings and prospects by Chester E Finn( Book )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The creation of publicly financed but relatively independent public charter schools may be the most vibrant force in American education today. This fastback presents findings of a national study that examined the outcomes of charter schools. Data were collected through site visits to 43 charter schools in 7 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin); case studies conducted at 35 of the charter schools; and 700 interviews with individuals in those schools and communities. Data for 1996-97 show that one-half of charter-school students are members of minority groups. Founders of charter schools encountered several barriers to starting up, including: special-needs students, finance, time for planning, staffing, the unaccustomed features of being public schools, regulatory hurdles, and interest-group opposition. The booklet offers examples of accountability mechanisms in various states and findings of other studies. A dilemma for charter-school administrators is that sometimes a discrepancy exists between curriculum and state evaluation. Policymaking options for failing charter schools are also described. (LMI)
Teaching democracy by Matthew Gandal( )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses education for democracy, the definition of democracy, and democracy education in and outside of the schools
Charter schools at the crossroads : predicaments, paradoxes, possibilities by Chester E Finn( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a book by several charter school advocates taking stock of the past, present, and future of the charter movement.--
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Charter schools in action : renewing public education
The educated child : a parent's guide from preschool through eighth gradeTroublemaker : a personal history of school reform since SputnikReroute the preschool juggernautLeaving no child behind? : options for kids in failing schoolsWe must take charge : our schools and our futureEducation reform in the '90sChallenges to the humanitiesNo remedy left behind : lessons from a half-decade of NCLB
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Chester E. Finn, Jr. American academic

Finn, Chester E. 1944-

Finn, Chester E. Jr

Finn, Chester Evans.

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