Steve Sailer is suitably scathing on Obama's hopelessly ridiculous (or is that ridiculously hopeless?) plans for education reform.
Please read the whole thing.
But he concludes his piece with a good question: "Enough sniping...Please help me...come up with ideas that might actually improve education."
So here are my ideas:
(1) Eliminate compulsory attendance. Kids who don't want to be there shouldn't be there. They learn nothing, and they drag everybody else down with them.
(2) Stop coddling persistently disruptive students. They should be out of school a.s.a.p., and onto the job market - where they will soon learn far more important life lessons than anything they're learning in the classroom.
(3) Eliminate all "academic" requirements for graduation. English beyond basic literacy, Mathematics beyond basic arithmetic, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc. - these should all be purely elective, and aimed at the minority of students who actually give a damn about such stuff. Above all, stop pretending that kids who have to be forced into taking such courses have a viable future in academia or high tech.
(4) Replace said "academic" requirements for graduation by insisting that everybody learn a marketable skill: plumbing, carpentry, electrical wiring, roofing, auto-repair, truck-driving, nursing - heck, anything that is always needed, and that one can fall back on when times are hard.
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Well, whatever. It's not like there's any hope of any of the above actually happening.
We'll just go on pressuring kids on the left-hand side of the IQ bell-curve to aspire to the sort of future that the liberal intelligentsia imagines that it wants for them.
Which is to say, we'll just go on failing.