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Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education

ISBN: 978-0-470-44214-2
223 pages
April 2009, Jossey-Bass
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Praise for Liberating Learning

"Moe and Chubb have delivered a truly stunning book, rich with the prospect of how technology is already revolutionizing learning in communities from Midland, Pennsylvania to Gurgaon, India. At the same time, this is a sobering telling of the realpolitik of education, a battle in which the status quo is well defended. But most of all, this book is a call to action, a call to unleash the power of technological innovation to create an education system worthy of our aspirations and our childrens' dreams." —Ted Mitchell, CEO of the New Schools Venture Fund

"As long as we continue to educate students without regard for the way the real world works, we will continue to limit their choices. In Liberating Learning, Terry Moe and John Chubb push us to ask the questions we should be asking, to have the hard conversations about how far technology can go to advance student achievement in this country." —Michelle Rhee, Chancellor of Education for the Washington, D.C. schools

"A brilliant analysis of how technology is destined to transform America's schools for the better: not simply by generating new ways of learning, but also—and surprisingly—by unleashing forces that weaken its political opponents and open up the political process to educational change. A provocative, entirely novel vision of the future of American education." —Rick Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

"Terry Moe and John Chubb, two long-time, astute observers of educational reform, see technology as the way to reverse decades of failed efforts. Technology will facilitate significantly more individualized student learning—and perhaps most importantly, technology will make it harder and harder for the entrenched adult interests to block the reforms that are right for our kids. This is a provocative, informative and, ultimately, optimistic read, something we badly need in public education." —Joel Klein, Chancellor of the New York City schools

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Table of Contents

The Authors.


1. The Seeds of Change.

2. The Need for Achievement.

3. The Politics of Blocking.

4. Technology on All Fronts.

5. The Resistance.

6. A New Era.



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Author Information

Terry M.Moe is the William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, a senior fellow atthe Hoover Institution, and a member of Hoover's Koret Task Force on K-12 Education.

John E. Chubb is founder and Chief Development Officer of EdisonLearning, which partners with school districts and charter schools nationwide to improve student achievement. Dr. Chubb is also a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education.

Moe and Chubb are the coauthors of Politics, Markets, and America's Schools.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Controversial – book's criticism of educational politics will be the subject of intense debate in higher education, the educational media, and blogosphere
  • Timely --shows how technology is key to improving schools and gaining a competitive edge in the global economy
  • Author platform -- both authors are thought leaders with strong connections to influential networks of educational organizations
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