Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples, and Compromises American Education

Book Forum
September 18, 2007 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT


Featuring the author, Neal McCluskey, Policy Analyst, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute, with comments by Michael Petrilli, Vice President, National Programs and Policy, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, and moderated by David Hoff, Associate Editor, Education Week.

Congress is working to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, and prospects for meaningful reform are poor. Most proposals call for a nip here and a tuck there, but little else. That won’t do, according to Cato education analyst Neal McCluskey’s new book Feds in the Classroom: How Big Government Corrupts, Cripples and Compromises American Education. After examining Washington’s education track record and the largely forgotten history of American schooling, McCluskey concludes that only two things — ceasing federal education involvement and implementing universal school choice — can get our kids the education they need. Please join us for a discussion of this controversial thesis and what must be done to truly leave no child behind.