"Parents ask only for schools that are safe, teachers who are competent, and diplomas that open doors of opportunity. When a public system fails, repeatedly, to meet these minimal objectives, parents ask only for a choice in the education of their children. ... No entrenched bureaucracy or union should deny parents that choice and children that opportunity,"
-- Ron Paul
His applause-getting statement that perhaps the teachers should get twice $89K was sad. This Wisconsin thing has progressives and conservatives in such a misguided conversation. No one is asking what the consumers of education, the kids and their parents, want to spend or not spend for education.
4 March 2007
"Stupid in America"
What is wrong with the current system, what the system could be like, and what the impediments to change are. Above all it shows in general the basic problem with all government monopolys.
First John Identifies that there is a problem.
Education is bought and sold. It costs money to produce, because resources and personnel have to be allocated to its supply. The question is not whether it should be bought and sold, but whether government should have a monopoly on the transaction. For that matter this applies to any other goods the government supplies.
People may decide that in a humane society, everyone capable of benefiting from education should have access to it at appropriate levels. Instead of being done through mass state provision, this can be achieved by ensuring that affordable school places are widely available, and by helping where necessary through vouchers or assisted places.
Outputs rather than inputs
"This is much more a focus on how do we get learning outcomes and student achievement rather than as we have done focus always on what the inputs are."
Freeing up education allows specialist schools http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-23617911
Less rules, less bullies http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/9650581/School-ditches-rules-and-loses-bullies
Preformance pay http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-27722356