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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


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. "