The time is long overdue to take
a very hard, critical look into how we approach & deliver Education in
America. Let’s take a couple key statistics as a starter. We seemingly spend
more money on education than any other country on the planet. We have one of
the worst outcomes from education in developed nations on the planet. How can people
look at our education model (how we do it) & see any version of tolerable
success? How can we allow it to continue and think it will change itself?
I would start with this- the Federal Government has about 500 mandates it has issued to State/local governments to pull off- and No Money to back it up. Seriously? IF that doesn’t show you how dysfunctional a system we have is, how about a teacher in jail still being paid because it is illegal to fire her? Even met a budget that actually went down? Even seen a budget vote that didn’t get taglined as “Do it for the Kids”? Tough to buy into that when 70% of a school budget goes to paying people who work about half a year, are tenured after 3 years, are removed by seniority- not talent, and will strike (not be there for the kids) if you so much as whisper you would reduce their benefits or ask them to contribute like all other private individuals towards their own health care.