Originally, I was going to post on dumb budget moves the Milwaukee Public Schools are making and the the stale plan the teacher’s union proposed for fixing the schools.
I don’t have time for that.
Here is my from scratch plan for the Wisconsin (and National) Education System. I wrote it down several years ago pre-blogs. I don’t have all of the sources that may have inspired me (but I will list them if they are brought to my attention).
Goal: A better, more efficient Educational System
that utilizes American Strengths and Values. Education is too important to America’s future to not be treated as a national issue.
a. Funding Equalization
– Equalization of K4/K5/1-12 funding.
– Federal per-pupil education vouchers.
b. Customized Individual Programs for every student
– Idea Based upon Special Ed IEP (individual Education Program)
– Year round programs.
c. Mass Customization:
– Multitudes of choices, options, styles, sizes, variety, niches, and possibilities in education service delivery.
– Let a hundred experiments bloom. Replicate what works, and junk what doesn’t
d. Private system with strict public accountability
– Charter Schools everywhere for everybody (essentially a mega-charter school system)
– Public Reporting and auditing (academic and financial).
– Need an Internet based, system that is like eBay or Amazon.com’s feedback system, crossed with consumer reports that is available to all, with education service consumers reporting on education service providers with infrastructure provided by regional government sponsored enterprises (GSE). Have several GSE (5-15). They can be geographically unique areas of responsibility for first three years. After that they can compete with each other. Eventually they would consolidate into 3-5 GSE.
– Zero tolerance for troublemakers (the real troublemakers, not those that are the victims of the troublemakers). Create alternate environments for the bad apples.
e. Professional Excellence
– No Residency rules for teachers, staff and administrators.
– Pay teachers more, pay also for performance in exchange for accountability
1. Increase pay 40% – 60%
2. Additional bonus pay on performance
– Value-added metrics
– Whole-school metrics
– 360-student review
– Job security and tenure goes away
– To transition, make this a parallel personnel system. All new teachers go into the new system, along with any old teachers who want to.
– The USA needs the education profession equivalent of the IEEE (either a new
organization or an organization morphed from former national teachers unions)
– Grow a new teaching culture
– Apprenticeships for new teachers. Structure the first two-years of teaching like an internship in medicine, with the new teacher consulting with a master teacher and receiving constant feedback, ongoing advice, regular evaluation, advice, and
– Career-long professional development programs to nurture and stimulate great teachers.
– Alternative Paths to teacher certification.
f. Basic skills for all students demonstrated with a federally sponsored American Primary Education Certification and American Secondary Education Certification.
– Learning how to learn
– American Civics, Democracy, and Citizenship
– History & Moral philosophy
– Lifetime fitness, nutrition, and wellness
– Basic skills: reading, writing, mathematics, and science
– Job skills
– Communication, rhetoric, and logic
– Economics,statistics and personal finance
– Life-long learning, creativity, and problem-solving skills
– Organizing and Leadership
– Personal time & task management
– First aid, life saving, and emergency preparedness
– Fine Arts performance and appreciation
– Conflict resolution and self-defense
– Legal system basics (see examples from http://www.streetlaw.org)
– No teaching of creation science (or “Intelligent Design” or whatever else it is called) and other idiotarian pseudo-sciences as science.
I would vote for any candidate that signed onto something like this.
Update: I think some of the teacher pay stuff was inspired by a book caleld the 2% solution (or perhaps I just heard an interview with the author).
Update 11/6/2008: Teaching service delivery will most likely need to adopt an industrial model (at least in some options) to get gains in productivity and efficiency.
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