Amen, my thoughts that got buried in another forum because of the crapstorm over the past couple of days. This is going to take a serious plan to fix the education system.
Originally Posted by Red_in_Blue_Land
Department of Education - I'll start with saying that "No Child Left Behind" actually made the DoE worse, not better. Hopefully that will help the liberals on the board recognize that this is a non-partisan opinion. Unfortunately, it's grown too big and too much of the federal budget dedicated towards education goes torwards its bureacracy.
More local control - Local school districts need to have more control over setting curriculum, creative solutions, funding, rewarding great teachers, and holding teachers accountable that aren't meeting standards.
Right to work - Many teachers have become frustrated by their own union and the views that oftentimes get pushed down to them. At the very least, teachers should be allowed to do what they want.
Private Investment - Some communities have found creative ways to partner with companies around computer labs, science labs, etc. This should be encouraged to happen more broadly.
Creative Solutions - I like what some of mentioned here around tech versus college prep classes. More options need to be offered to create more productive members of society. I like how Warhorse put it, that people should be encouraged to do something that they are going to be excited about.
Attracting More Talent - I'll be the first to admit that I"m not sure how this should be measured, but somehow the top teachers need to be rewarded at a higher level. Somehow those in private industry should have an easier way to get into teaching for somewhat comparable pay. Also, are there certain curriculum that could be taught on more of an adjunct level?
The Familiy/Support System - Thill's point around this is salient. Until families become more involved in their kids lives again and more invested in their success, all the investment in the world will not fix it. And, employers are part of the problem too... More value needs to be placed on education across the board to make any of this work.
There's no silver bullet that's going to fix this, it's going to take a multi-pronged approach.