A World without Schoolteachers

Here’s the opening of an excellent article by Richard Miniter:

The Kindle and Nook may make for not only the most important advance in reading since Gutenberg, but also, quite likely, a major lesson in unintended consequences. Especially for the educational establishment, because for the first time in history, Americans should be able to envision a future without public-school teachers — indeed, a future without public-school administrators or state departments of education with their rigidly enforced, politically correct social-transformation curriculum.

A future without onerous school taxes, “education president(s),” self-preening school boards, or million-dollar classrooms. But most happily, a future without a single supercilious finger wagging in our face as we’re forever lectured about how much a securely tenured, part-time, self-important, overpaid class of public employees “cares” about our sons and daughters. Really, really, really cares. And, of course, knows much better than we do how to bring them up.

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There is no fix for the public schools. If you want kids to learn, they need to be liberated from them.