David Kirp visits Google to talk about his book, "Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools" "No school district can be all charismatic leaders and super-teachers. It can't start from scratch, and it can't fire all its teachers and principals when students do poorly. Great charter schools can only serve a tiny minority of students. Whether we like it or not, most of our youngsters will continue to be educated in mainstream public schools."
David L. Kirp , is James D. Marver professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, member of the Barack Obama Presidential Transition Team and author. His research has explored a wide range of social policy domains, including preschool, k-12 and higher education, race and gender equality, affordable housing, and the AIDS crisis.
The good news, as David L. Kirp reveals in Improbable Scholars, is that there's a sensible way to rebuild public education and close the achievement gap for all students.Find out more