Fixing Education

Fixing the Education problem in the US is easy:

  1. 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.
  2. Open the system by letting former professionals teach – teaching needs not be a career, but a skill that any decent professional should have already.
  3. Import good and cheap teacher from the abroad if needed. They would be delighted to earn US teacher salaries.
  4. Measure everything and run the system on the results. Everything gets measured in real life. Every job candidate is tested before getting the job.
  5. 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.
  6. Make education the community’s responsibility, not Washington’s or State Capital’s – local decisions mean better accountability.
  7. 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.
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