Recent Graduate Investigates Education Reform
Rebecca King joins the American Enterprise Institute
NEW YORK, September 8th, 2011—In 2010, a report by the Programme for International Student Assessment delivered what U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called “an absolute wake-up call.” The study, which showed that, out of 34 countries, the United States ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science, and a far below-average 25th in math. Rebecca King (PPE ’11) is now helping to find creative solutions to the crisis in American education at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
Established in 1943, the American Enterprise Institute is “a community of scholars and supporters committed to expanding liberty, increasing individual opportunity, and strengthening free enterprise.” King currently works in Education Policy Studies as a Program Assistant for Rick Hess. Hess, who has published works like Common Sense School Reform, Education Unbound, and Revolution on the Margins, is fast becoming a leader in education reform. King said that “in the short time that I’ve been working with Hess, I have found there are many creative options for reforming education in the U.S.”
King applied for the job at AEI shortly before graduating from King’s in May 2011. She said that she didn’t expect a phone call back, and was surprised when she received a call a few weeks later. “I had just finished a day fishing on the Potomac in West Virginia when I received a call from human resources at AEI requesting an interview.” After a series of three in-person interviews, AEI offered her a job.
Since starting work at AEI, King has had many opportunities to put her King’s education to work. King highlighted public policy courses at King’s as especially helpful. Every day on the job King sees more evidence that “every policy has unintended consequences and you have to weigh the costs versus the benefits to make sound policy.”
As for the future, King says, “although I’m not sure what I want to do in the future, career-wise, I’m in a great place to explore new ideas while making great connections.” King said she regularly interacts with professionals in journalism, government, education, and business. These contacts will undoubtedly serve her well as she looks toward future career opportunities.
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