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A Schoolyard Scrapper: Review of Chester E. Finn, Jr.'s Memoir

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace

Author(s): Jay Mathews

Series: Hoover Digest

Topic: Education (Education personnel and population)

Keywords: Chester E. Finn, Jr.; School Reform; Education

Type: Book review

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

In this article, Jay Mathews reviews the February 24, 2008 publication of the memoir of Chester E. Finn Jr., head of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Education, titled Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform since Sputnik. Mathews admits at the start of the article that he likes Finn, claiming that to an education reporter, "Finn is a godsend—the most quotable man in his field. But that also means he is funny, irreverent, and often as irritating as he can be. "