The debacle in Wisconsin this past week provides a perfect platform to study how education has become a ‘hot mess’ in the United States. Over the last 15 years I’ve developed many theories on ways to improve education in the United States. My head has been spinning this past week with an overload of thoughts like, “See, this is what happens when….” I can fill in the blank with a dozen different thoughts. So, over the next couple weeks, I’m not going to focus on the exact issues in Wisconsin, like collective bargaining rights. But, on the solutions that should be brought to the table.
These are the top issues I’ll focus on:
- How to undo the National Education Association (NEA)’s facilitation of a teacher shortage and the belief that teachers are grossly under-compensated.
- How the Wisconsin situation offers the perfect storm for the emergence of e-learning solutions and online education in K-12.
- How school districts can counter the Federal government’s gain of control over local school district behavior and action by attacking contradicting policies and behaviors.
- How to recruit and maintain top level talent, such as those that would otherwise be doctors or attorneys, to the education field.
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