Bloomberg: Schools Are Flabby, Inefficient And Outdated
December 14th, 2006

In an essay in the Wall Street Journal, Mayor Michael Bloomberg uses the occasion of a report on the rate of high school graduation and college enrollment in the United States to criticize the nations education system, which looks a lot like the U.S. auto industry in the 1970s — stuck in a flabby, inefficient, outdated production model driven by the needs of employees rather than consumers.

We need, he writes, a top-to-bottom rethinking of our school system, one that insists on a performance-based culture of accountability that is oriented around children, not bureaucracies. It will require us to offer higher teacher salaries to attract more of the best and brightest, and to offer financial rewards to the most successful teachers. It will require us to set and uphold high standards, encourage innovation and competition, and end social promotion — the harmful practice of advancing students to the next grade despite their poor academic performance. And it will require us to invest in early childhood development and distribute funding more equitably.

These are exactly the goals we have been working toward in New York City, and even though we still have a long way to go, the early results are encouraging.

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