How to Inject Choice and Valuable Skills into Education
November 21, 2014
What should real education reform look like? Jim Geraghty of National Review says the education system needs a total overhaul, and he has some suggestions:
- Real school choice: Why are parents limited in their choices of schools? All parents, says Geraghty, should be able to send their child to any school -- anywhere -- if the school will accept him. With parents and students as consumers, the best-performing schools would thrive, while poor schools would have to clean up their act, or fail.
- Trade schools: Does everyone need a college degree? No, says Geraghty. Trade schools -- where students can learn needed skills -- prepare students for the workplace and teach them how to master a trade, without the college price tag.
- Let businesses create schools: Geraghty suggests that allowing corporations to start their own schools would solve a problem that many businesses claim to face -- a lack of prepared workers. He suggests that a "Ford Academy of Automotive Engineering," for example, could offer standard core subjects while allowing students specialized training in a specific area.
Beyond these reforms, Geraghty stresses that parents and families play a vital role in a child's ultimate success, writing that a safe and supportive home life is critical to a child's achievement.
Source: Jim Geraghty, "An Uber for Education," National Review, November 19, 2014.
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