And....Parents ( for a refreshing change) will have full access to exactly what is taught.
We should do as Charles Murray recommends and move toward private credentialing or qualifying exams. Imagine the savings in time to the student who could move into his career more quickly, and thereby earn thousands upon thousands more in his lifetime for each extra year he spends in the workforce. Imagine the money saved in state budgets for each year that children are out in the workforce ( paying taxes) and not sucking government school dollars.
The private qualifying exams could start in the first grade. When the child masters a particular level of a specific subject he would move to the next level. He would have solid PROOF to show to an employer that he did indeed know the material and was literate and numerate!
We could start immediately. Any child of any age who passes a private GED-like exam should immediately be given an official state high school diploma. This would automatically open up scholarships to college and admission to the arms forces.
Charles Murray recommends ditching the formal B.S. and B.A. degrees for all but a small number of professions. He even feels that a B.S. or B.A. degree is unnecessary for moving on to advanced work on the graduate school level. Graduate school admissions would determine what skills and knowledge was necessary for their programs and using a combination of some college-based course work and qualifying exams would admit or reject the applicant.
That’s the first I’ve heard of this. I cannot find any weakness in his proposal. Private credentialing, why not?