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Endangering Prosperity

Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School
Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson, and Ludger Woessmann
(Brookings Institution Press, 2013)
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The relative deficiencies of U.S. public schools are a serious concern to parents and policymakers. But they should be of concern to all Americans, as a globalizing world introduces new competition for talent, markets, capital, and opportunity. In Endangering Prosperity, a trio of experts on international education policy compares the performance of American schools against that of other nations. The net result is a mixed but largely disappointing picture that clearly shows where improvement is most needed. The authors’ objective is not to explain the deep causes of past failures but to document how dramatically the U.S. school system has failed its students and its citizens. Endangering Prosperity is a wake-up call for structural reform. To move forward to a different and better future requires that we understand just how serious a situation America faces today.

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Audio: Paul E. Peterson on Ed Reform Minute
Choice Media, Dec. 5, 2013

US teens lag in global education rankings as Asian countries rise to the top
NBC Nightly News, Dec. 3, 2013

Spinning America's Report Card
The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 8, 2013

Video: Making the Grade: The Nation's Report Card is Out
The Blaze TV, Nov. 7, 2013

Playing in the Right League
Huffington Post, Oct. 28, 2013

Upgrade U.S. skills or pay the price
New York Daily News, Oct. 9, 2013

U.S. adults lag behind counterparts overseas in skills
USA Today, Oct. 8, 2013

Ed Next Book Club: Endangering Prosperity
Education Next, Sept. 19, 2013

Video: America's education endangering its future prosperity?
Lou Dobbs, Sept. 16, 2013

Scholars: Throwing More Money at Public Schools Will Not Make Them Better
TownHall.com, Sept. 16, 2013

Fixing our schools could fix our debt crisis, too
Fox News, Sept. 13, 2013

Video: Poor education levels linked to a poor economy?
Fox & Friends, Sept. 13, 2013

Peterson and Hanushek: The Vital Link of Education and Prosperity
The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 12, 2013

Video: Paul E. Peterson on Bloomberg TV
bloomberg.com, Sept. 3, 2013

Book Review: 'Endangering Prosperity'
Washington Times, Sept. 2, 2013

Eric Hanushek on Education and Prosperity
econtalk.org, Aug. 26, 2013





Webinar: Endangering Prosperity
Sept. 17, 2013
Watch the archived webinar here

A webinar based on a sobering new book on the long-term cost of a stagnant U.S. education system with a presentation by authors Eric Hanushek (Hoover Institution), Paul E. Peterson (Harvard University) and Ludger Woessmann ( University of Munich).

Is Our Stagnant School System Endangering our Nationís Future Prosperity?
The Brookings Institution | Sept. 12, 2013
Watch the archived event here

The association between student math performance and subsequent economic growth is very strong. It suggests that if the United States could lift its performance to the level achieved by Canadians, the average U.S. paycheck might increase by 20 percent. In order to achieve this growth the U.S. will have to perform substantially better at the advanced level. Over 13 percent of the students in both Germany and in Canada are high achievers, while only about 7 percent in the U.S. perform at the advanced level. In Asia, the percentage of advanced students escalates upward--to 16 percent in Japan, 20 percent in Korea, and 30 percent in Singapore. This event will explore why the United States must do better if it wishes to enhance its economic strength.


Eric A. Hanuhek
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow


Paul E. Peterson
Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, Harvard University
Director, Program on Education Policy and Government
Editor-in-Chief, Education Next
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution


Ludger Woessmann
Director of the Ifo Center for the Economics of Education and Innovation
University of Munich