Fixing the Education problem in the US is easy:
- Put children first, not the teacher union. The goal should be knowledge for the children, not welfare for teachers and not employment for the support personnel.
- Open the system by letting former professionals teach – teaching needs not be a career, but a skill that any decent professional should have already.
- Import good and cheap teacher from the abroad if needed. They would be delighted to earn US teacher salaries.
- Measure everything and run the system on the results. Everything gets measured in real life. Every job candidate is tested before getting the job.
- Allow and encourage competition. Children should know where they stand on a statistical chart. Schools should compete to attract children just as universities compete with each other.
- Make education the community’s responsibility, not Washington’s or State Capital’s – local decisions mean better accountability.
- Copy best practices from abroad. Not everything translates well, but certain patterns, such as the number of hours spent in school, are easy to recognize.