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Monday, December 1, 2008

40 Years of Education Reform?

Louis V. Gerstner Jr. writes in the December 1st Wall Street Journal that education reform has failed. You should read his comments. Gerstner is a former CEO of IBM and was chairman of the Teaching Commission which reported on ways to improve the quality of public school teaching.

His highlights:

Abolish all local school districts.

Establish a set of national standards for a core curriculum.

Establish a National Skills Day on which every third, sixth, ninth and 12th-grader would be tested against the national standards.

Establish national standards for teacher certification and require regular re-evaluations.

Extend the school day and the school year.

You can find his article here.

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