Fixing Schools

There has recently been a very interesting exchange of essays regarding education reform. There are many facets to the problem, but most people agree that we indeed have a problem. Independent of the essay exchange, I think George Will gets it right. Schools cannot compensate for the disintegration of the traditional American family.

The bottom line is that each of us is responsible for our own education and the education of our children. It’s helpful that public schools are there to assist, but assistance is what they’re about. Early childhood education is very demanding and may require great sacrifice by parents, but there is no other way. I think we have less of an education crisis and more of a lack of personal accountability crisis. No government program is going to fix that. In fact, it’s largely government programs that have encouraged the lack of personal accountability.

Schools won’t get better until we stop relying on schools.

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