Political Education: National Policy Comes of Age

| December 3, 2010

In the wake of the recent elections, Christopher Cross, noted author and expert on the federal role in education, delivers a masterful talk on the updated edition of his critically acclaimed, best-selling book, Political Education: National Policy Comes of Age (new edition from Teachers College Press, 2010; first edition, 2004). In it Cross astutely reflects on recent education policy developments, including the impact of the Obama administration, “Race to the Top,” and the controversy over No Child Left Behind‘s reauthorization.  He surveys the development of the role of the federal education, post WWII — probing controversial issues of race and civil rights, religion, poverty, international economic competitiveness as he presents key findings, predicts forces affecting future policy areas, and questions education priorities.

Christopher T. Cross is chairman of Cross & Joftus, an educational consulting firm. He was previously a senior fellow at the Center for Education Policy and a distinguished senior fellow at the Education Commission of the States. He served in both the executive and legislative branches, as an assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education, the Republican staff director of the House Committee on Education and Labor, and a deputy assistant secretary in the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

This book talk was co-sponsored by Office of the President, Teachers College Press, and Gottesman Libraries. Introducing Christopher Cross is Dr. Susan Fuhrman, tenth President of Teachers College who remarks on the sudden announcement of the resignation of NYC Board of Education’s Chancellor Joel Klein and Chris Cross’ deep knowledge of the politics of American education.

The fully recorded talk by the Teachers College Office of the Web may be watched on Meefedia.

Referencing Our Book Talk: Political Education: National Policy Comes of Age, with Chris Cross, Tuesday, 11/9

Video by Michelle DeLateur