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Hoover Institution Newsletter - Fall 2002

Hoover Institution Newsletter - Fall 2002

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-Summer Board of Overseers meeting celebrates with carillon rededication ceremony
-Koret Task Force convenes; former UK chief inspector of schools speaks
-David Brady named Associate Director, Chester Finn is Senior Fellow
-National Fellows program begins fourth decade
-Q&A: Terry Moe on vouchers as constitutional and inevitable
-Summer Board of Overseers meeting celebrates with carillon rededication ceremony
-Koret Task Force convenes; former UK chief inspector of schools speaks
-David Brady named Associate Director, Chester Finn is Senior Fellow
-National Fellows program begins fourth decade
-Q&A: Terry Moe on vouchers as constitutional and inevitable

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s part ofthe Hoover InstitutionsInitiative on American Public Edu-cation,the Koret Task Force onK–12 Education convened for its semi-annual meeting at the Hoover Institutionduring September 12–13,2002.At the KoretTask Force dinner,Christopher Woodhead,former British chiefinspector ofschools,spoke on new challenges in education in apredinner talk.According to Woodhead,schools on the K–12 level in both the UnitedStates and the United Kingdom have a lot incommon.Unfortunately,that is not a goodthing,he told guests and members oftheKoret Task Force at the Thursday dinner.“Through the 1960s and into the 1970s,we were in a state ofcomplacent delusionthat our education system in the UK wasworld-class,”Woodhead said.“It didn’t seemto matter that our children weren’t learning.As that realization dawned,some educa-tors and politicians in the United Kingdom
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oover Institution overseers andtheir guests were treated to anevening ofcelebration as the bellsofthe Hoover Tower carillon rang againafter a two-year absence.Pulitzer Prize–winning author DanielYergin spoke on the global economy beforethe Board ofOverseers dinner on July 17,drawing on themes from his new book,coauthored with Joseph A.Stanislaw,
TheCommanding Heights:The Battle betweenGovernment and the Marketplace That IsRemaking the Modern World 
.“Think about the world at hand,saidYergin.“Will it be an increasingly inte-grated,well-functioning,global economy,providing benefits to billions ofpeoplearound the world,or will it be a fracturedworld as new barriers go up—some that
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wo new appointments have beenannounced by Hoover Institutiondirector John Raisian.SeniorFellow David Brady has been appointedassociate director for research and ChesterE.Finn Jr.has been appointed a seniorfellow.David Brady is the Bowen H.and JaniceArthur McCoy Professor ofPoliticalScience and Ethics in the Stanford Univer-sity Graduate School ofBusiness and aprofessor ofpolitical science in the SchoolofHumanities and Sciences at the univer-sity.His research focuses on the U.S.Con-gress,legislative decision making,andgeneral public policy processes.Brady’s recent publications include,with John Cogan,Out ofStep,Out of Office,”
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News by and about Hoover fellows and the Institution updated daily.Visit us at www.hoover.org
Hoover Institution Board of Overseers and guests enjoy dinner on the Quad and the music oftheHoover Tower carillon on July 17.
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ooks from the library ofBritishintelligence officer and Soviet spy Harold Adrian Russell “KimPhilby have recently been placed in the HooverInstitution Library.Philby (1912–1988) was responsible forpassing British and U.S.state secrets to theSoviet Union during World War II and thecold war until his defection to Moscow in1963.Guy Burgess,another member ofthesame spy ring,defected to Moscow in1951.The books contain annotations inpencil by Burgess as well as Philby’s book-plate.The collection includes suchvolumes as the English translation of Lenins writings and U.S.ambassadorJoseph Davies’s book
 Mission to Moscow
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March 2001;with John Coganand Morris Fiorina,
Changeand Continuity in House Elec-tions
(Stanford University Press,2000);and,with JohnCogan and Doug Rivers,
Revolving Gridlock:Politics and Policy fromCarter to Clinton
(Westview Press,1999).Brady has been on continuing appoint-ment at Stanford University since 1987.Hewas associate dean from 1997 to 2001 atStanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a fellow at the Center forAdvanced Study in the Behavioral Sciencesfrom 1985 to 1986 and again in 2001–2.From 1980 to 1987,Brady was the Autrey Professor at Rice University,and from 1972to 1979 he was an associate professor andprofessor at the University ofHouston.Brady has won several awards for hiswriting and teaching.In 1995 and 2000 hereceived the
Congressional Quarterly
Prizefor the “best paper on a legislative topic.”He also received the Richard F.FennoAward ofthe American Political ScienceAssociation for the “best book on legisla-tive studiespublished in 1988–89.In 1992he received the Dinkelspiel Award forExcellence in Undergraduate Teachingfrom Stanford University,and in 1993 hereceived the Phi Beta Kappa Award for bestteacher at Stanford University.While atRice University,Brady washonored with the GeorgeBrown Award for SuperiorTeaching.Brady has been a seniorfellow at the Hoover Institutionsince 1997 and will continue asa senior fellow while assuminghis role as associate director.Brady is a presidentialappointee to the National His-torical Records and Publica-tions Commission and a member oftheAmerican Academy ofArts and Sciences.He received his Ph.D.from the University ofIowa.Chester E.Finn Jr.s workcenters on education reform.He is a member ofHooversKoret Task Force on K–12 Edu-cation,a group commissionedby Hoover director JohnRaisian to study Americanpublic education.He is alsopresident ofthe Thomas B.Fordham Foundation for edu-cation reform.Finn is the author of 
Charter Schools in Action:Renewing Public Education
,withBruno V.Manno and Gregg Vanourek(2001),and
The Educated Child:A Parent’sGuide from Preschool through Eighth Grade
,cowritten with William J.Bennett and JohnCribb (1999).His other works include
TheNew Promise ofAmerican Life
,coeditedwith Lamar Alexander (1995);
Radical Education Reforms
,coedited with HerbertJ.Walberg (1994);
We Must Take Charge:Our Schools and Our Future
(reprinted in1993);
Education Reform in the ’90s
,coedited with Theodor Rebarber (1992);and
What Do Our 17-Year-Olds Know? 
(1988),written with Hoover Institutiondistinguished visiting fellow and fellowKoret Task Force member Diane Ravitch.Finn has served on the boards ofseveralorganizations,including the Center forEducation Reform,the Foundation forTeaching Economics,the Colorado LeagueofCharter Schools,the National Associa-tion ofScholars,the Center ofthe Ameri-can Experiment,and the National Assess-ment Governing Board,which he chairedfor two years.Finn has been a fellow at theManhattan Institute and theHudson Institute.He was afounding partner and seniorscholar with the Edison Projectfrom 1992 to 1994 and assistantsecretary for research andimprovement and counselor tothe secretary ofthe U.S.Department ofEducation from1985 to 1988.Finn has alsoworked as staffassistant to the president othe United States;special assistant to thegovernor ofMassachusetts;counsel to theAmerican ambassador to India;andresearch associate in governmental studiesat the Brookings Institution.Finn is on leave from Vanderbuilt Uni-versity,where he has been a professor of education and public policy since 1981.
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cott W.Atlas—long recognized as aleader in both education and clini-cal research in the medical field—has been appointed a Hoover seniorfellow (by courtesy).Currently,he isstudying the impact ofthe changinghealth care marketplace on technology-based innovations in medicine.His latestresearch looks at the effects ofmanagedcare on expensive technologies involvedin emerging medical applications.Atlas is the editor ofthe leading text-book in the field,the best-selling
 Mag-netic Resonance Imaging ofthe Brain and Spine
,currently in its third edition.He isalso editor ofthe journal
Topics in MRI 
and has been associate editor ofthe jour-nals
Radiology
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and a member ofthe edi-torial boards ofthe
 American Journal of Neuroradiology
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International Journal of Neuroradiology
.He is an adviser to majorindustry leaders in medical technology and author ofmore than 100 scientificpublications in leading journals.Atlas has been on several nationalcommittees and a board member of many major scientific societies over thepast decade.He has received numerousawards and honors in recognition ofhisleadership in the medical field.Before his appointments at StanfordUniversity and the Hoover Institution,Atlas was on the faculty ofthe University ofCalifornia,San Francisco,the Univer-sity ofPennsylvania,and Mount SinaiMedical Center in New York City.
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found themselves grappling with many of the same issues that have plagued the UnitedStates and arriving at similar conclusions astheir American counterparts:that a nationaleducational curriculum,educational bureau-cracy reform,and accountability are needed.As in the United States,educationreformists in the United Kingdom face hugeresistance from teachers’unions,which havea stake in maintaining the status quo.Andparents who are concerned about their chil-dren often have their ears and opinions bentmost easily by the teachers.“The teachers who go to the school yardgate to talk to the mums get their messageacross much easier than a politician or aneducator in his office,”Woodhead said.Woodhead said he believes the challengeofeducation for the twenty-first century isreforming “problematized pedagogy,thecorruption offundamental education,learn-ing techniques,and content.As in the UnitedStates,grade inflation is rampant.Whenreforms are instituted,they have often beendiluted to appease the teachers’unions.Parents do want choice,but that is lacking inthe system,he said.Unlike the U.S.system,the office ofchieinspector ofschools,which he headed,dis-patches teams into the schools to do a fullevaluation ofthe schoolseffectiveness.Herecommended this as another tool to helpimprove education in the United States.On Friday,Woodhead met with the taskforce to continue their discussion ofthe stateofK–12 education in the United States andthe United Kingdom.Woodhead holds the Sir Stanley KalmsChair in Education at the University ofBuck-ingham and writes for the
Sunday Times of London
on educational and political issues inGreat Britain.He is the author ofthe newvolume
Class War:The State ofBritish Educa-tion
.The Koret Task Force on K–12 Educationis an elite team ofscholars specializing ineducation reform who have been broughttogether by Hoover director John Raisianand Koret Foundation president and Hooveroverseer Tad Taube to address the nationaldebate over public education.The task forceis a joint endeavor ofthe Hoover Institutionand the Koret Foundation ofSan Francisco,its primary sponsor.Task force membersinclude Hoover fellows Williamson M.Evers,Chester E.Finn Jr.,Eric Hanushek,Terry Moe,and Paul E.Peterson and Hoover dis-tinguished visiting fellows John E.Chubb,Paul Hill,E.D.Hirsch Jr.,Caroline Hoxby,Diane Ravitch,and Herbert J.Walberg.The Koret Task Force forms the center-piece ofthe Hoover Institution’s Initiative onAmerican Public Education,a five-year com-mitment to the production ofresearch andwriting on education reform that citizens of the United States should consider as a matterofpublic policy.The primary objectives of this team are to gather,evaluate,and dissem-inate the existing evidence in an analyticcontext and analyze reform measures that
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Scott W.AtlasChristopher Woodhead,former Britishchiefinspector ofschools,speaks oneducation reform in Great Britain atthe Koret Task Force dinner.

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