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What caused the school system in the United States to fall so far from its peak? Once the envy of the world, students in the U.S. education system now rank well below those of most industrialized nations in math, science and reading literacy. In Harvard University’s 4-part series, Saving Schools, Professor Paul Peterson explores how policy changes, events and decisions over the years have created the school system of today. Learn how the U.S. education system compares to countries around the world and understand the challenges facing communities and educators.

Few topics produce a more intense and passionate debate than the education of one’s children. In interviews with reform proponents, education experts, policy makers, teachers and parents, explore the key issues and ideas being discussed. Engage with others in the course through online discussion and understand the various proposals for future improvements. Read about each course in the series below and enroll free.


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Saving Schools, Mini-Course 1: History and Politics of U.S. Education

What forces have shaped the U.S. education system into what it is today? Examine historical events and personalities that have defined current education policies and see how U.S. students compare with the rest of the world.

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Saving Schools, Mini-Course 2: Teacher Policies

Take an in-depth look at teacher policies in U.S. education. This six-lecture mini-course examines key questions about teacher recruitment, compensation, assessment, tenure and more.

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Saving Schools, Mini-Course 3: Accountability and National Standards

No Child Left Behind and Common Core are the result of a demand for accountability for student outcomes. Learn the origins of the accountability movement that created these policies and explore the current debate surrounding them.

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Saving Schools, Mini-Course 4: School Choice

How are charter schools and voucher programs changing the education landscape? See the results of these early initiatives and look at how technology is creating more choices for students, parents and teachers.

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Professor Paul Peterson is the Director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University and the author of three books including Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning (2010).


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