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Herbert J. Walberg

Herb Walberg

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Dr. Herbert Walberg is a senior fellow with The Heartland Institute and a former member of its Board of Directors.

Dr. Walberg is also a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, and a professor emeritus and University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on educational productivity and human accomplishments.

Dr. Walberg has written and edited more than 60 books and 350 articles on such topics as the causes and effects of learning, teaching and instructional effectiveness, national comparisons of achievement, and educational measurement and evaluation, which have appeared in widely circulated journals, including Daedalus, Educational Leadership, Kappan, and Nature and in such newspapers as the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Dr. Walberg is coauthor of several books published by or in association with The Heartland Institute, including We Can Rescue Our Children (1988), Education & Capitalism (2003), and Let’s Put Parents Back in Charge! (2004, 2005), and Rewards (2014).

Dr. Walberg was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Statistical Society (London), the American Psychological Association, the Australian Association for Educational Research, and most recently appointed by President George W. Bush to the twelve-member National Board for Education Sciences. Additionally, he serves as the vice president of the International Academy of Education.

Dr. Walberg has held research posts at the Educational Testing Service and the University of Wisconsin and has taught at Harvard University. He was an adviser to former U.S. secretary of education William Bennett. He has been frequently called to testify before U.S. congressional committees and federal courts on educational matters.

Dr. Walberg earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Chicago.

Recent Articles and Publications

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November 27, 2017
By Herbert J. Walberg, Joseph Bast
The Heartland Institute announced the release of the fourth edition of The Patriot’s Toolbox,
June 29, 2017
By Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., Joseph Bast, Herbert J. Walberg
Huelskamp Will Succeed Founding President Joseph Bast, Who Has Led the Illinois-based, National Free-Market Think Tank Since 1984 Founding
August 5, 2015
By Herbert J. Walberg, Joseph Bast
Once a child is enrolled in school, the time for homework starts. Sending children home from school with homework is a long tradition that has come under criticism by some psychologists and writers as being a form of punishment.
April 9, 2015
By Herbert J. Walberg, Joseph Bast
John H. Bishop, a professor of human resource studies at Cornell University, has devoted much of his career to studying the effects of high-stakes exit exams on student achievement.
June 1, 2014
By Joseph Bast, Herbert J. Walberg
Learning is easier and faster when properly designed incentive systems are used. Unfortunately, denying the effectiveness of incentives in K-12 education is a foundational idea of progressive educational philosophy and practice.
April 1, 2011
By Joseph Bast, Herbert J. Walberg
Teacher unions often lead the opposition to legislation that would expand the ability of parents to choose the schools – whether public or private – their children attend.
April 1, 2011
By Herbert J. Walberg
Transformational Innovation in K-12 Education: Achieving More, Spending Less in Schools, Districts, and States is an edited and revised version of a publication prepared for the Center on Innovation & Improvement, for which author Herb Walberg, chairman
April 1, 2010
By Herbert J. Walberg
For the last half century, higher spending and many modern reforms have failed to raise the achievement of students in the United States to the levels of other economically advanced countries.

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