No Child Left Behind is dumb. Thereís no better
investment we can make in the future of America than the education of our
children. Each child should be given access to world-class education, not
just the children of those that can afford it. How do we ensure a
world-class education for our children? Surely not by relying on
multi-choice test scores as a metric for progress and quality! Let the Chinese
beat us on test scores. What makes America great is our creativity and
innovation. We need an educational system that is great at fostering
that. Instead of vilifying the teaching profession and its unions letís
start respecting the teachers of our children as much as we respect other
professionals. Letís support our teachers and help them do this important
job. Letís encourage people to get masterís degrees in education and then
encourage them to teach in our inner-city schools by forgiving their student
loans. Letís invest in education the same way we invest in our military.
And if you think that spending money on military is more important than
spending money on education you should realize that no nation has ever been
able to sustain military might in the face of economic collapse. So
investing in the economic strength of our country which depends on having
well-educated citizens is a pre-requisite for military strength.
Letís learn from successful approaches elsewhere in the
world.† For example: Why
Are Finlandís Schools Successful?