I know how to improve the public education system. My plan would cost 0 dollars 0 cents, and it’s extremely easy to implement.
We need to change the way we license teachers. I spent years feeling deeply puzzled by the complete ignorance of high school graduates who come to college. And then I saw the curriculum used in our teacher education program, and immediately understood.
We need to reduce the number of pedagogy courses to two. And completely eliminate everything else that is not content courses from teacher education programs.
That’s it. No money needed. The teachers we license would be of significantly higher quality.
I’m a representative of the fifth generation of women teachers in my family. I was born into education and read pedagogy manuals for fun in childhood. I know a lot about education. I do not see how “more money” improves education outcomes.
We could also dramatically improve my university with zero money. I have a list of things that could be done tomorrow at no expense. We could actually save a packet if we adopted my ideas. But this is the kind of ideas that nobody dares to imagine, let alone voice.