All of the problems of the American public education system can be classified into two broad groupings. First, it has a performance problem. As a result, American students are repeatedly outclassed by their international peers. Second, it has a political problem: those with control over the system choke reform that might solve its performance problem, says Terry M. Moe of the Hoover Institution.
According to Moe, the performance problem cannot be adequately addressed until the political problem is overcome. In that regard, it is his belief that the public schools’ teachers unions are most responsible for preempting reform efforts…
However, Moe does see a natural solution to the teachers union’s blockade on reform efforts. Technology, he argues, will break teachers’ authoritative control over public education, and will simultaneously correct much of the system’s performance problem as well.