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The Education Gap: Which Way to a Smarter America?
Last Featured: 12/27/2004

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Public education is supposed to be the great equalizer providing opportunities for all regardless of a student’s class or race. However, recent studies continue to document that young people of color have many fewer opportunities for a quality education and that the disparity between those with means and those without is growing at an alarming rate. From smaller classes to teacher accountability, school vouchers to better technology, education advocates have diverse views on how best to reduce the education gap and truly provide equal educational opportunity to all. Join us as we test the competing theories on how best to reduce inequality in education.

Chester E. Finn, Jr. is a Senior Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and Senior Editor of Education Next. Dr. Finn is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Education and an Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute. Earlier in his career, he was John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and served as founding partner and senior scholar with the Edison Project. He was a Professor of Education and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University and served as Assistant Secretary for Research and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education. He is author of 13 books and more than 300 articles.

Patrick Burk, Ph.D. currently serves as Chief Policy Officer in the Oregon Department of Education. He joined the state department staff in 2002 as Associate Superintendent for Federal Programs with primary responsibility for coordination and implementation of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Burk began his career as a teacher and college counselor in Louisiana. After completing doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, he worked in program design for the Chicago Public Schools. He went on to serve for 26 years in administration in Portland Public Schools, including serving as a building administrator at the elementary, middle and high school levels, directing the office of Grants Management and Partnership Development and supervision of special programs and student services. He also served as Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instructional Policy.

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""The heart of education lies in the process of teacher and pupil learning together, the teacher drawing forth the pupil's potential and raising the pupil to surpass the teacher in ability.""

— Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

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