The following is an excerpt from a newsletter from the Society for Quality Education.
If you were asked to start from scratch and set up the very best school system in the world, would you:
- Make it almost impossible to fire bad teachers?
- Impose an undemanding curriculum?
- Pay employees so well that there is not much money left over for operations?
- Allow bad schools to continue in operation?
- Pay bad junior kindergarten teachers the same as stellar high school physics teachers?
- Minimize objective testing and reporting?
- Pay teachers on the basis of credentials unrelated to student achievement?
- Employ armies of consultants and bureaucrats of various kinds?
- Force students to attend unwanted schools?
As you know, these conditions prevail in most Canadian school systems today - characteristics of systems organized for the benefit of their employees, not for their customers.
It would actually be better if school systems were organized for the benefit of their students. Spread the word.