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Real Money: Helping the ‘other 1 percent’

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ROB RIKOON

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Posted: Monday, February 3, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 10:24 pm, Mon Feb 3, 2014.

Last month, I wrote about the U.S. health system and suggested ways that entrepreneurship and individual motivation might move us forward to a new system based on self-reliance and innovation that would both reduce costs and increase the quality of care. I promised to apply the same concepts to the educational system.

The most effective form of educational reform will take place when local teachers and parents are empowered to make decisions about how to spend available public education dollars. Across the nation, there are innovative educators who have an on-the-ground understanding of creative ways to teach practical and academic skills. If some of these people are willing to put in the necessary work to implement their own educational initiatives, and if they have the credentials and guts to do so, why not allow discerning parents to direct their allotment of public funds to these experiments? Given the track record of the current educational regime, alternatives should be welcome.

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1 comment:

  • William Geoghegan posted at 10:35 am on Tue, Feb 4, 2014.

    BillG Posts: 8

    I am sorry to learn this is your final column. [sad] When I first began to read your article I thought I was going to argue with it. Instead, I like what you are thinking of doing [beam] and I like your reasoning. Having taught people who failed and failed in life I have some feelings about those who are able to turn it around. One thing that stood out for me were those who had a real and serious goal for themselves. They were the ones in my experience who were ultimately successful. I wish you success with your own goal.

     
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