It must be easy to fix public education. Everyone seems to have a solution.
Steve Jobs, who’s company makes great computers, recently took a turn at voicing his.
Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs lambasted teacher unions today, claiming no amount of technology in the classroom would improve public schools until principals could fire bad teachers.
“I believe that what is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way,” Jobs said.
“This unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy.”
I’m not going to defend teacher unions but they are not the primary reason why we still have bad teachers in our schools.
Even if principals (is Jobs assuming there are no bad principals?) were able to immediately fire every poor educator, there would be still be a wide range of other problems to be addressed.
Start with spending too much on technology with not enough on training to use that technology.
Once again we have someone with little understanding of teaching and learning presenting a simplistic assessment of a very complex problem that completely ignores 95% of the factors involved.