These essays identify key failures in modern American education and illuminate some ways in which those in the teaching profession-and their students-can achieve higher levels of performance, making the case for content-rich education and explicit teaching.
Williamson M. Evers, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Institution s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, was the US assistant secretary of education for policy from 2007 to 2009. In 2003, Evers served in Iraq as a senior adviser for education to Administrator L. Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority. Evers has been a member of National Educational Research Policy and Priorities Board, a commissioner on the California State Academic Standards Commission, a trustee on the Santa Clara County Board of Education, and a president of the board of directors of the East Palo Alto Charter School. He currently serves on former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's California Academic Content Standards Commission."