PTSA Hosts Author, Education Researcher

On Tuesday, Dec. 3rd, the PTSA will host an informal discussion of the thought-provoking book Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective High Schools (2012, Princeton UP). MLWGS Librarian Wendy DeGroat and Community Relations Officer Hal Waller will lead the discussion of the book in the school library from 4:00 to 5:15pm (prior to the PTSA general meeting at 5:30pm). Refreshments will be provided.

The guiding questions for the conversation will be drawn from the Big Picture portion (Part 1, pages 7-56), the Summing Up section (Part III, pages 169-201), and the profiles of Benjamin Franklin High School(Chapter 9, pages 106-113), and Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech (Chapter 14, pages 149-158).

The primary author of Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective High Schools is education researcher Chester Finn, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, chairman of their Koret K-12 Task Force, and President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. His articles have appeared in such publications as The Weekly Standard, Christian Science Monitor, Commentary, The Public Interest, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the New York Times.