About the Commentators

Thomas F. Bertonneau, Ph.D., is the former executive director of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics and an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, for which he authored the influential study, Declining Standards at Michigan Public Universities. He also is an instructor at the College of Extended Learning at Central Michigan University and is currently under contract with Encounter Books to write a study of affirmative action.

David W. Breneman, Ph.D., is university professor and dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, was a Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, served as President of Kalamazoo College in Michigan, and was on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education before moving to the University of Virginia.

Herbert Walberg, Ph.D., is research professor of education and psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and distinguished visiting fellow (1999-2004) at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and formerly served as assistant professor at Harvard University. Walberg has written and edited more than 55 books and written nearly 350 articles on such topics as educational effectiveness and exceptional human accomplishments. Among his most recent books are the International Encyclopedia of Educational Evaluation and Psychology and Educational Practice.