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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Simple Way to Improve the Education System

I thought of a way to improve, perhaps greatly, all of the schools in this country with a single action by the Federal government.

It would require approximately $10 million dollars to administrate, a cost of less than $0.50 per student, and it would be a one-time action, or perhaps repeated every 10-20 years. The effects would be an immediate and very long lasting improvement in test scores, a reduction in school violence, an improvement in parent-teacher relationships, and a reduction in overall expenses on schooling, which will more than pay for the cost of the action.

The plan has some hurdles that would difficult to overcome:

  1. the entire action would have to be a secret, known only to a few people and of course to a team of acknowledged experts in education, who would be sworn to secrecy.

  2. it would also require unwavering participation of the U.S. Dept of Education. It cannot be done on a trial basis with a smaller group.

  3. it will be very controversial, involving political risk
Fortunately, I think it would be trivial to convince top sociologists and educators of the efficacy, but I think the hardest part to overcome is the political risk.

What I'm wondering, hearing about this can you *guess* what it is that I'm planning, because if you *can* than it would make the plan unworkable, since if it's easy to guess, it implicitly violates provision 1. I'll tell you if you're right.


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