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A Personal History of School Reform since Sputnik
Chester E. Finn, Jr.

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"A very readable rundown of the past four decades of education policymaking by a man who was there."--Neil McCluskey, School Reform News

"Having meticulously and fair-mindedly detailed four decades of 'staggering inertia' in American educational policy, Finn nevertheless tries to end on an upbeat note."--Commentary

"Chester Finn's book is an indispensable guide and an inspiring portrait of what individuals and groups with common sense, civic commitment, and perseverance can accomplish in realizing the battered but noble promise of modern education--but also a sobering picture of what they are up against."--M. D. Aeschliman, Modern Age


"An informative, feisty new book about education. You'll love it or hate it; Finn is never dull."--Theodore R. Sizer, former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education

"Troublemaker is a lively and personal insider's guide to the last half-century of education reform, and no one but Checker Finn could have written it. He has indeed mastered the art of speaking candidly, unsettling conventional wisdom, and finding constant delight in the joys of intellectual independence."--Diane Ravitch

"Nobody knows more about education policy and school reform than Chester Finn and nobody has participated in--or shaped--more of it. His unique blend of memoir and history makes this book a must for anyone with a serious interest in American education."--William J. Bennett

"Checker Finn is irreverent, smart, and a scrupulous inspector of American education. His immensely readable tour of its last forty years offers a refreshing perspective for anyone who cares about children and schools."--Lamar Alexander, U.S. senator and former U.S. secretary of education

"This book is a treasure for present citizens and future historians. Chester Finn has been a hugely energetic participant in recent American education and one of its acutest observers. No one knows more about the subject than he. No one writes with a keener wit or more pungent style. The title, Troublemaker, is apt. With puckish good humor (and like Shakespeare's Puck), he makes trouble--for those who put their own comfortable habits ahead of what is good for children and the country."--E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

"Satisfying and hope-inspiring, Troublemaker makes sense of the last several decades of school reform as the product not of impersonal forces but of people with ideas and motivations."--Paul T. Hill, University of Washington

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