For the 95 per cent whose only means of schooling is the district or the city school, we must provide what we are not now providing, an education that will better fit them for the struggle of life.
Most of the people I know believe there is a problem with our education system, and most want to help in fixing it. I say we let them.
Every year, we should have successful people go back into our school classrooms, and teach the kids what they did and how they became successful. It will be kind of like jury duty for successful people. We’ll call it teacher duty.
The purpose of school is ostensibly to teach kids the skills they need to become successful, but we go about it in the most roundabout way. We hope that they will develop these skills as a byproduct of their other classes. Oftentimes this doesn’t happen. It would be much easier to just teach a class on “how to become successful in life” and have it be taught by the most successful people in our country.
Also, since the education system in this country is probably the most important factor in the long term success of the US, this will make sure that the people who are in the best place to change our public school system, the rich and powerful, are exposed to what’s actually going on in public schools. Many of these people send their kids to private schools, and don’t realize the extent of the problems public schools face. By giving them an inside look into the public school system each year, we can transform them into a positive force for change in the system.