A school superintendent in Indiana, Rocky Killon, has a good column on ways to improve schools here. He makes a number of good points about early childhood education and better ways of testing, but I think his best points are about how to get a better choice of teachers. Here are my comments:
As a high school English teacher for 35 years, in both public and private schools, I agree with these suggestions, especially the ones for increasing the expertise of the teaching force, and for letting individual schools determine curriculum. Then there may be a hope that schools will finally make the development of a love of reading a priority. Currently, I can’t even find the term “love of reading” anywhere in the common core standards. Following the common core standards, we may win an educational battle or two, but we will most assuredly lose the war.