Are American Schools Designed to Succeed?


Our schools are failing the most vulnerable kids.

The average life span of a Fortune 500 company, from birth to death, is about 50 years.

No institution lasts forever. When the world changes, they either adapt or — more often — fade away while something else takes their place.

Yet the core of our education system is 200 years old.

Why are we shocked that a system designed in the early 1800s isn’t optimized for 2015?

In this compelling talk, Rick Hess — Director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute — challenges us to radically rethink what public schools should accomplish. And he explains why calling education a “civil rights issue” might be more limiting than helpful.