The United States education system is failing. The subject we're suffering in most? Common sense. You don't need a PhD to know that future industry is going to be grounded in technology - or that this technology will be grounded in math and science education. But do you know where the U.S. currently ranks in that department? #18 out of 24 internationally. That's right, EIGHTEEN.
So even if little Jenny or Billy is doing well against their domestic peers, they're still way behind their counterparts in Germany and Japan. What do you think is going to happen in 10 or 20 years, when they're up against them in business? Here's some more simple math for you: the school year in Japan is 60 days longer than ours. Don't you think it's time we caught up?
The next challenge we face is how to attract the best and brightest young people to careers in teaching. Once upon a time, this was one of our most noble professions. I still remember many of those that made an impact on my life at an early age. A teacher's job is to educate, yet we pay them wages you could get in other fields with almost no education. It's hard to attract the best folks with incentives like that - especially when these days, they end up acting as baby sitters and police officers and social workers. Let's pay them what they deserve. And let's clean up the system so they can get back to actually teaching.
What are your thoughts on how we can improve education? Email me your ideas.