Education Reform

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The Ultimate Mission Drift

Operating at odds with its stated mission, the United States Department of Education is failing our children on every major front. Students aren’t receiving equal access to quality schools or a learning experience characterized by educational excellence. Read More ›
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Senior professor teaching calculus
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Rethinking Teacher Certification to Employ K–12 Adjunct Teachers

Current teacher certification laws create a rigid and deficient process for selecting and employing teachers. Reforming teacher certification laws would provide districts with more flexibility in how they hire teachers, including employing adjunct teachers for K–12 classrooms. Read More ›
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Student working on laptop in college. Preparing for exam in college. Student working on a laptop on some stairs on campus preparing for an exam.
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The Problem With Public Schools

Our K-12 public schools serve as the largest employment entity in the U.S. Adult employment is prioritized at the expense of student learning. Bloated bureaucracy consumes dollars that should be spent on students. Read More ›
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student's hand taking English test in class
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K-12 Redesign: Retooling Testing

Our K-12 schools are organized more like a swim meet focused on recording student placement results rather than a swim lesson devoted to student learning. What value are student assessment results if all students move on to the next lesson, concept, or skill regardless of whether mastery was achieved or not? Read More ›
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Bored High School Pupil Slumped On Desk In Classroom
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It’s Past Time for a K-12 Redesign

K-12 public education, already in crisis pre-COVID-19, is on a steep downward trajectory — with the severe lack of instruction time, staggering learning loss, alarming dropout numbers, and serious student disengagement. With half of the schools closed nationwide a full year without providing in-person instruction, and only returning with reduced instruction hours despite heaps of additional funding, it’s overdue time for a K-12 redesign. Read More ›
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School club education. Chemistry themed club. Discover and explore properties of substances together. Interests and topic club. Teacher and pupils test tubes in classroom. Older kids help younger
School club education. Chemistry themed club. Discover and explore properties of substances together. Interests and topic club. Teacher and pupils test tubes in classroom. Older kids help younger

K-12 Redesign: Achievement Instead of Time

The U.S. K-12 education system is designed based on time, not student achievement. Today too many students exit the system logging the required time but not meeting learning proficiencies. A redesign is warranted that promotes students based on their competency, not the school calendar. Read More ›
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Back to school concept
Back to school concept

K-12 Redesign: School Calendar

The United States continues to place subpar among developed nations for K-12 student performance. Not surprisingly, U.S. students receive fewer education hours over the course of a year than those they lag behind. A revamping of the K-12 school calendar is in order. Read More ›
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National flags on the masts. The flags of the United States, Germany, Belgium, Italia,Israel, Turkey and other
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K-12 Redesign: A Financial Overhaul

The United States is a world leader in K-12 education spending yet lags behind 25 other developed nations in K-12 student achievement. An education redesign, starting with a financial overhaul, is necessary if the U.S. will have a shot at remaining competitive with China, and others, in the global economy in the future. Ultimately, we need free market principles of choice and competition as drivers to improve U.S. K-12 education. Read More ›