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Failure: The Federal Miseducation of America’s Children

Education expert Vicki Alger breakes down the shortcomings and controversies surrounding federal education policies.

February 1, 2017
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
The Heartland Institute
3939 N. Wilke Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004

A frank assessment of federal involvement in education is long overdue. Education policy expert Vicki Alger remedies this deficiency with her book, Failure: The Federal Miseducation of America’s Children.

Failure makes no effort to sugar coat its findings:

■    The Department of Education, created in 1979 after a lobbying campaign that spanned generations, has failed to live up to its promises.

■    Federal involvement – whether related to testing, funding, or academic curricula – has failed to abide by the U.S. Constitution’s implication that education must remain the domain of state and local governments and private institutions.

■    The federal government’s pervasive meddling in education has failed America’s school children and their parents.

Education policy has long been mired in controversies, often with opposing sides missing the mark. Failure helps us step back from the skirmish du jour and redirects our focus to the big picture, showing what’s gone wrong over the decades and why. Concerned citizens of every stripe will benefit from Failure’s history of federal education policy, its brutally honest report card for the Department of Education, its look at education systems across the globe, and its ambitious policy recommendations. 

Watch the video at right for this special event at Heartland’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center in which Vicki Alger talks about the federal governments involvement in education. 

  • Speakers
    • Vicki Alger
      Research fellow at the Independent Institute
      Vicki E. Alger is a research fellow at the Independent Institute in Oakland, California and author of the book Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children. She holds senior fellowships at the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, British Columbia and the Independent Women’s Forum in Washington, DC. Alger is also president and CEO of Vicki Murray & Associates LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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