Education fix

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.


7 Replies to “Education fix”

    1. On balance it would give us much of what we get now, and we’d get it cheaper. Everyone who wanted an education would get one, about like now. Everyone who didn’t care would drop out, like now, or get a diploma that just means they showed up.

    1. Wow, I don’t think we need to be making the SAT easier. Too many entering freshmen already have to take remedial classes.

      1. UPDATE 15 March 2014:

        “…it’s impossible for anyone but a bureaucrat or academic to say that kids are growing smarter or are better educated. Given the road our culture (and politics) are taking, there is no reversal of these downward trends in sight.

        “This means it was right for ETS to dumb down the SAT.

        “If they did not, the quondam SAT would have larger and growing clusters of scores at the low end and fewer and more strung out scores at the high end. Discriminating between students would thus become more and more difficult. (What’s ideal is a test the result of which is a spread out distribution of scores over the enter range of possibilities with the mean score somewhere near the middle.) Considering that the goal of the SAT is discrimination, no other course of action makes sense.” — It Was Right To Dumb Down The SAT

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