Repeal all compulsory attendance laws, allowing children freedom to pursue their education where they wish. Schools will then have to provide a product worthy of an audience (rather than the sub-standard stuff they now dish out for 12 years to captive audiences that are there by force of law).
We need an outreach / identification program for the Highly gifted. Many Universities are already beginning to offer classes to young... more »
I'm sure the idea is making many readers fill with rage, however I'd hope these people will consider the facts before they jump to conclusions.
1. Teaching is one of the only professions where employee accountability is nearly impossible. There is virtually no way to chart a teacher's effectiveness, productivity, and motivation accurately.... more »
The Federal DOE is a 48 billion dollar duplication of state agencies. Instead of collecting taxes from states and then distributing that money to states minus the costs of collection and distribution, leave the money where it is. Local agencies know the needs of their constituents better than a distant office and did arguably better without the DOE, which only came into existence in 1980.
Individual video lecture's enable the teacher to focus their time on 1 on 1 teaching instead of practicing their Greek theater.
This allows students to move at a more individualized pace, with the intelligent students graduating high school in a single year.
This requires that school's receive funding not based on attendance, but... more »
A Special NEW ADDITIONAL Tax write off Tax Credit could be given on;
All Abandoned or Vacant, Properties including Farms/Land, Homes, Commercial Buildings, Manufacturing Plants, that have been unoccupied and run down for the last 2 or 3 years;
If the Buyer that PURCHASES one of these properties Repairs/Remodels this property within the first year.
This... more »
The idea of a national standard is a bad one. Our education policies pander to the needs of difficult urban environments whose main problem isn't school.
Yet, we ignore on a wholesale level, innovative local programs. Furthermore, the federal mandates continue to strangle the ability of successful schools to maintain superior programs... more »
In response to Adam M. Smith's suggestion for "chunks" of instruction materials instead of entire on-line books, there is already something like this available, called Advanced Distributed Learning, which is run by ADL CoLabs, in the federal government: http://www.adlnet.gov
Software programs that allow instructors to create digital content is often too expensive for colleges to purchase. Also, instructors do not have the skill sets required to develop content using these programs.... more »