"List of some of the ideas put forth by the contributors to the Hartford Courant piece "Seven Views: So How Do We Fix Our Schools?": +++ 1. Re-invent schools ? to give students exciting themes and models to address their diverse learning styles and interests 2. Ensure real-world connections that translate into college and career readiness 3. Recruit top-flight teaching talent 4. Ensure the best and the brightest go into teaching 5. Set effective standards for teachers - teachers to be evaluated every year based on multiple factors, not just on a set of students' standardized test scores 6. Develop processes so as to ensure that evaluators of teachers are trained to conduct effective and consistent evaluations 7. Refinance districts and schools for effective education (with appropriate safeguards to ensure the finance provided is applied effectively) 8. Develop effective school funding system ensuring 9. Create system that establishes equitable funding for each child, regardless of the district or school they attend 10. Get down and do what is really needed to fix the educational system 11. Ensure effective access to a good education for each child, regardless of financial background of his/her parents 12. Stakeholders come together to develop an effective public school system 13. To ensure that the schools of education become effective instruments for an excellent education system 14. To ensure that the powers of the profiteers from education are effectively curtailed 15. (To be provided later 16. (GSC): To ensure EFFECTIVE debate amongst real stakeholders in US education 17. Etc, etc... any other useful ideas may be added to the list."
GSC, my list is even shorter and a billion times more likely to succeed:
A. FIRE all incompetent teachers.
B. REDUCE education expenditures to the level of 1959 when SAT scores were 150 points higher.
C. OUTLAW race and gender baiting.
D. PRIVATIZE schools.
In reality, if we do ONLY A. and D., the other two will follow instantly.