Partnering with Educator Daniel Buck, WILL seeks to Restore American Education Nationwide
The News: The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) and it’s Restoring American Education initiative (RAE)—alongside award-winning Wisconsin educator and Thomas B. Fordham Institute Policy Associate, Daniel Buck—released a new roadmap for educators to help achieve strong educational outcomes for Wisconsin students. Out of the Echo Chamber: Alternative Prep Materials for the American Educator seeks to compile a “canon of traditionalist thought in education” and provide an alternative to a broken status quo in American education.
The Quotes: Daniel Buck, stated, “Walking into a classroom my first year of teaching, I experienced less a transition shock and more a ‘disgraceful lack of preparation shock.’ My teacher preparations gave insignificant time to classroom management, curricular construction, or grading, but we are here to change that, and I am proud to partner with the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty in distributing significant and helpful resources to America’s classrooms.”
WILL Associate Counsel, Cory Brewer, stated, “The status quo in American education has put our nation on a path to mediocrity and jeopardizes our future. WILL is proud to partner with a renowned educator in launching this new initiative and we are excited to get to work.”
Additional Background: Some of the resources compiled in WILL’s “Out of the Echo Chamber” include essays, books, and resources designed to improve the classroom experience. Here’s just a few examples:
- Strengthening the Student Toolbox, John Dunlosky
- Teaching to What Students Have in Common, Daniel Willingham
- The Key to Classroom Management, Robert and Jana Marzano
- The Schools We Need: And Why We Don’t Have Them, E.D. Hirsch
- Why Students Don’t Like School?, Daniel Willingham
WILL plans to work alongside Daniel Buck, and other think tanks across America and in Wisconsin, to distribute this report—to better inform educators and policy makers. To learn more, check out our virtual town hall.
This project is part of WILL’s Restoring American Education (RAE) initiative which has the goal to improve education across the United States by engaging parents, school board members, and teachers with an understanding of these concerns, trends, and of the alternative resources available.
About Daniel Buck: Daniel Buck is an Editorial and Policy Associate at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is the author of What Is Wrong with Our Schools? and taught English and English as a second language at the middle and high school levels. He earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, along with bachelor’s degrees in English literature and the Spanish language. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, National Affairs, National Review, the New York Post, First Things, and many other publications.
- Out of the Echo Chamber: Alternative Prep Materials for the American Educator by Daniel Buck
- “Critical Theories vs. Human Flourishing: Alternative Social Studies Curricula for Teachers and School Districts” by Scott Niederjohn and Mark Schug
- “Trust the Science? The Use of Outdated Reading Curricula in Wisconsin Schools.” by Will Flanders and Matt LeVene
Editorial and Policy Associate at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute