Forget charter schools and grade-by-grade testing.
Governors and presidents are no better suited to run schools than they are to run construction sites, and it's time our education system reflected that fact. A central flaw of corporate paradigms, as is often noted in popular culture, is the mind-numbing and dehumanizing effect of bureaucracy.
Biology major Grace Eckhoff in the Naval Academy Medical Research Unit lab in Kabul. When Grace Eckhoff went to Afghanistan last summer to study multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) infection rates, it was a kind of return to her childhood. Eckhoff, a Dean’s Scholars Honors Biology major and Plan II Honors major, grew up in Haiti, where her parents were doctors at a small hospital.
A groundbreaking study of New York schools by a MacArthur "genius" challenges the typical understanding of what makes a good school Shutterstock / Sandra Cunnigham Think of the ingredients that make for a good school. Small classes.
Wolfgang Volz/laif/Redux Killian Court in front of Building 10 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 2002 American universities crowd the tops of many world rankings, and though these ratings are basically entertainment for university administrators and alumni, they do reflect certain facts.
How the prestige game costs students more money for a lower-quality education
The most important issue in higher education might not be cost control.
Unprepared students sign up for school because they think a degree is their passport to the middle class.
The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence. Sergey Ivanov/Flickr Everyone agrees the United States needs to improve its education system dramatically, but how?
Last week’s announcement that the government is to strengthen the state’s powers to impose tougher fines on ‘naughty parents’, who condone their children truanting, represents another nail in the coffin for both adult autonomy and education as a liberal and liberating cultural project.
The Swiss-born French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). In 1762 he published The Social Contract. Photograph: Stock Montage/Getty Images
The correct answer? Panic!
Under the current system, educational leaders have all of the responsibility but none of the power. Allowing principals to act like CEOs may foster a more efficient system.