Where Did All the Jobs Go?

One reason we are in a jobless recovery is the poor quality of U.S. public schools. Schools fail everyone who cares about child development: employers cannot find qualified workers, and parents go into debt to pay the rent or mortgage in a good school district.

From How to Keep Jobs in America [PDF download]

From Why Outsource?

Something like ~25% of the reasons given in these surveys boil down to bad public schools.

America needs good public schools, which can be held accountable through good measures of student accomplishment. We don’t have them because teachers are scared of what life would be like if they were treated like professionals. This is too bad — if teachers do not embrace reform, we’ll end up with drones reading following idiot-proof scripts that put students in front of computers…

… which would still be better than the current system.

3 thoughts on “Where Did All the Jobs Go?”

  1. What if we don’t need anywhere near the amount of brick and mortar schools, administrators, or teachers that we have.

    What if most teachers could simply be down-sourced to being software librarians?

    I don’t know the best answer, but I do know that the attempting to fund the process of converting teachers to professionals is way too expensive. Imposing a Finland-style education system may not work in a nation of 300+million.

    Why not just have the money follow the child to the best array of options for that child. Schools will survive, teachers will have jobs, and digital options will thrive up to the point that they meet customer needs.

    It is a far more efficient way to find the best education resources than any attempt to “fix” the district system. Even the attempt to “save” the school district is a waste of resources.

  2. Bruno,

    Excellent comment! Thanks for sharing!

    I agree that the cost of transforming teachers into professionals is probably prohibitive. The best analogy for what is happening to teachers now that I can think of is what the Zip Code did to postmasters — what was once a skilled profession (do you know the role railroad time-tables of the United States) became a semi-skilled job.

    I suspect teachers are being down-skilled to being behavior management technicians — a true librarian is a semi-academic profession which would be too expensive, I suspect, given other constraints.

    The issue with “following the child” is one of achievement v. equity, and I think that’ll probably just be a political issue forever.

    A Finland-style solution probably works for a small, European, non-immigrant, microsociety. In other words, a country way different from the one that Americans live in.

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