Political scientists Terry Moe and John Chubb, authors of a best-selling pro-voucher publication, Politics, Markets and America’s Schools, have shifted their bets from that spoke of the school-reform roulette wheel named “school voucher” to one marked “technological innovation.” In their new book, Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education, the descriptions of the latest uses of educational technology both within schools and over the Internet are just as compelling as the evidence provided that teachers union leaders today are little more than modern Luddites. The latest publication is as much required reading as the one the authors penned 20 years ago, and it can be expected to spark almost as much controversy. But the analysis is better at isolating the political obstacles to be surmounted than identifying the political support for technological innovators who, according to Moe and Chubb, will nonetheless persevere. All the best.

Last updated September 25, 2009