American educational policy advisor

Williamson M. "Bill" Evers (born 18 October 1948) is an American political activist and education researcher. In 1988, he became a resident scholar at Stanford University's Hoover Institution—first as a national fellow, then a visiting scholar, and most recently a research fellow there and at the Independent Institute. He went on leave from Hoover to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development in the United States Department of Education during 2007-2009. At the beginning of September 2016, he was selected to lead the "agency action team" for the Department of Education in the Trump-Pence transition.

Biography

Hoover Institution
"He was editor in chief (1976-80) of Inquiry Magazine, published by the Cato Institute, and managing editor (1986-91) of the Journal of Libertarian Studies. ... Additionally, Evers is a research fellow of the Independent Institute and an adjunct fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute."

Associations

Hoover Institution, Research Fellow
Independent Institute, Research Fellow
Mises Institute, Adjunct Faculty (-2006)

Articles

Bill Evers Goes Neocon, by Justin Raimondo, 15 Jan 2004
"It's funny, but Bill Evers used to be one of those libertarians who went around giving everyone else a purity test, and he often found them wanting. Back in the good old days, he used to write a column for Libertarian Vanguard, the newspaper of the Radical Caucus, ... in which he handed out kudos and judo chops to those that, in his view, deserved them."
Jeff Riggenbach on Samuel Edward Konkin III, by Jeff Riggenbach, Freedom Network News, 2004
Lengthy biographical and memorial essay
" If memory serves me rightly (and, of course, it seldom does), on the day in 1975 when I first met Sam, I also met another libertarian luminary of the time, Williamson M. 'Bill' Evers. ... Evers is now a salaried employee of the U.S. Department of Defense, charged with rebuilding the public schools in Baghdad; he calls himself a 'libertarian conservative' in print. Rothbard is doubtless spinning in his tomb."
The Triumphant Return from Iraq of The Once-Great Libertarian, by Eric Garris, 15 Jan 2004
"Bill Evers was one of the intellectual guiding lights for our successful faction. He co-wrote the 1974 platform of the California Peace and Freedom Party ... At the 1975 national LP convention, Murray Rothbard and Bill Evers rewrote the party platform. The essential hardcore elements of the Rothbard-Evers platform continue today ..."

Writings

Why Johnny Can't Add: The U.S. Department of Education continues to endorse "fuzzy math"--proof of fuzzy thinking, Hoover Digest, 2000
Constrasts the positions of rigorous math curriculum (content) proponents with those in favor of discovery-learning methods
"These federal recommendations are for kindergarten through high school, which has serious consequences. ... This whole controversy was born in bureaucratic overreach. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 forbids federally determined curricula. The U.S. Constitution doesn't authorize it, and the results have been harmful and foolish."
Related Topic: Educational Freedom

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