Ed in ’08: Good Questions, Short on Answers
Ed in ’08 came to St. Louis this week to promote education reform. Follow the link to watch KTVI interview Adam Thibault about the campaign’s goals.
I liked the mention of merit pay and rewarding teacher quality. But the next suggestion that we create more positions for teachers like "mentors" and "leaders" doesn’t seem like it could transform the profession as radically as Ed in ’08 hopes. Some schools already have programs that allow teachers to mentor each other, which is nice but hardly innovative policy. This would be a good time to bring up charter schools, tuition tax credits, or another policy that would allow families to choose schools and allow schools to compete, but once again Ed in ’08 lets the opportunity slip.
Ed in ’08 in asking, "How do we improve American education?" and doing a good job of calling attention to this issue. Sadly, the conversation doesn’t go very far because the policy change it throws out for discussion are too cautious. If this were a multiple-choice test, I’d have to answer, "None of the above."