Inspired by Nicole’s plan for Detroit, here’s my scheme for education reform.
We eliminate all the actual course work. All the student must do to graduate is show up. On time, every time.
For elementary school, the child must be at the library at 8:00 a.m. every weekday for the whole school year except holidays. Once there, he may read, color, or turn around and go back home. But that’s it. Everything else is up to the parents to require.* Show up every day for the school year, and he can advance to the next grade. Do it eight times and he can start high school.
In high school, he must show up every weekday at some variable time between 7:00 and 10:00. At the start of school he’s given a paper listing the time to show up every day. All work is optional. He’s lost his paper and doesn’t know what time to arrive today? Better luck next year.
* This part is actually pretty important.