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Me against my mom – A mother’s day tribute

Well my mom’s a teacher (so is my dad, my sister, and my sister-in-law) so they aren’t the easiest to convince they’re wrong on this issue but our educational system needs radical reform despite what the teacher’s union wants.  It’s taken me a long time to realize this because of how my parents think but reading some non-partisan sources really led me to think differently.  Clive Crook, formally of The Economist, writes in his latest column about the need for Obama to take on the teacher’s union.  He sites an absolutely amazing finding from some recent economic research:

Drawing on work by Stanford’s Eric Hanushek, the McKinsey team estimates the economic consequences of this educational deficit. If the US had raised its educational performance between 1983 and 1998 to that of countries such as South Korea and Finland, its output last year would have been $1,300bn- $2,300bn (€970bn-€1,716bn, £862bn-£1,525bn) higher – a gain of about 9 to 16 per cent of gross domestic product. In other words, the education deficit imposes the equivalent of a permanent depression on the US.

Did you get that? That’s THOUSANDS OF BILLIONS difference!  The main reason our colleges are the best in the world is competition – why not apply that to our primary and secondary schools?  

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