Marc S. Tucker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Center on Education and the Economy. He is an internationally recognized expert on academic and occupational standards and assessment, and has also been among the leaders in researching the policies and practices of the countries with the best education systems in the world.
In this interview, which is part of the Lead the Change Series of the American Educational Research Association Educational Change Special Interest Group, Tucker shares his views on what we need to focus on in education today:
I think the most urgent question is how we rebuild our education system. It is not how we teach reading, how we finance our schools, how children learn mathematics, what forms racial discrimination is now taking in our urban schools. It is all these things and none of them.
This Lead the Change interview appears as part of a series that features experts from around the globe, highlights promising research and practice, and offers expert insight on small- and large-scale educational change. Recently, Lead the Change has also published interviews with Diane Ravitch, and the contributors to Leading Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-System Reform (Teachers College Press, 2013) edited by Helen Janc Malone, have participated in a series of blogs from Education Week.