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Book Review                                      Page 38

 

Endangering Prosperity

A Global View of the American School

 Review Endangering

by Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson and Ludger Woessmann, Brookings Institution Press, Washington, D.C., 2013, 147 pp. with index, $22.95 softcover

In Endangering Prosperity, three authors compare test scores of students in the United States to those in other countries.

In the first chapter, the authors state, “Our purpose here is to add urgency to call for structural reform by documenting how dramatically the United States school system has failed its students and citizens.” The failure is argued in the next six chapters containing charts and graphs about U.S. economic projections based on student test scores.

In the concluding chapter, the trio write, “How money is spent is much more important than how much is spent.” To a point, this is likely to be a statement most educators could agree with. However, this claim also reveals a failing on the part of the authors, as nowhere in the book is there a recommendation for how much money should be spent per pupil to provide appropriate learning opportunities to all students or what type of funding formula should be developed to ensure an equitable system for all school districts and taxpayers.

If you seek a leadership development book to share with your administrative team, this is probably not an appropriate work.

Reviewed by Justin B. Henry, superintendent, Goddard Public Schools, Goddard, Kan.

 

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