David Hursh

David Hursh

For the last decade David Hursh’s writing and political organizing has focused on the dangers of high-stakes testing. His most recent book, High-Stakes Testing and the Decline of Teaching and Learning: The Real Crisis in Education (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008), situates the rise of high-stakes testing in states like Texas and New York, and at the federal level with No Child Left Behind within larger debates about the purposes of education and the nature of society.

Marilyn Cochran-Smith, John E. Cawthorne Professor at Boston College, wrote: “In this unusual book, David Hursh combines rich recollections of classroom teaching with trenchant analysis of the “real crisis” in education today-the neoliberal package of high stakes testing, accountability, markets and privatization. The result is a deeply disturbing but compelling and original book that puts democratic education back where it should be–at the center of discussions about schools and schooling.”

In 1998 Hursh helped start the Coalition for Common Sense in Education, a group of parents, students, and educators working to changed education policy through lobbying in Albany and hosting forums. Some of the speakers the Coalition has funded include Jonathan Kozol, Angela Valenzuela, Deborah Meier, Peter Sacks, Monty Neill, and Susan Ohanian.

Since the publication of his book in March, Hursh has delivered invited talks to numerous groups, including the Rochester Teachers Association, Monroe County School Board Association, and in the Arts and Lectures series at SUNY-Cortland. This upcoming academic year he has been invited to present at universities across the United States.

David Hursh is a Professor at the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester.

Obama: changing the metaphor

Obama: changing the metaphor

by David HurshJournalist Bill Moyers, in a post election interview on WHYY’s Fresh Air, stated that to change history, one must change the dominant metaphors.  Twenty-one years ago British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in criticizing state welfare polices, said “there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families.” Thatcher’s notion that there… Read more →

Education advisors to presidential candidates set to debate

by David Hursh On October 21, the education advisors to the presidential candidates will face off in a debate at Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City. The debate will feature Lisa Graham Keegan, former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction and adviser to Senator John McCain (R-AZ), and Linda Darling-Hammond, the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University and advisor… Read more →