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  • A Pint-Size Lesson on Education Reform

    Fourteen-year-old Johnathan Krohn understands what many members of Congress do not: that school choice works and is the key to successful education reform. This morning’s edition of Fox and Friends featured the “Pint-Sized Pundit Pit: Child Prodigy Edition,” in which the guests were asked to discuss the merits of year-round schooling. Krohn, a 14-year-old columnist, explained that it’s not about lengthening the school year, but about systemic reform. Watch:

    From Krohn:

    The point should be we need to get the bad teachers out, get the good teachers better salaries, and moreover, we also need to make school choice a prevalent part of American society when it comes to education. We need to allow people to choose where they go…and if you have school choice, you’re also competing between schools so that the curriculum gets better and better; the bar is raised, the actual status of the tests will be raised and the actual education of the kids coming out will be raised.

    Despite the fact that the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program is proof of what the young pundit says, the program continues to fight for its life. Thankfully, Krohn is not alone in his fight for school choice. Yesterday’s Washington Post featured a compelling editorial by Senator Joe Lieberman about the effectiveness of the scholarship program. Lieberman writes:

    “…a student participating in the program from kindergarten through high school could be reading 2 1/2 years ahead of his peers by the time he graduated from high school. That could go a long way toward closing the achievement gaps that persist in this country. In sum, this program is working and is improving student performance…There are low-income children in the District who can’t wait for their local schools to turn around. Without programs such as this one, their opportunity will be lost forever.”

    “Pint-sized pundit” Krohn understands the urgency of reforming American education, and more importantly, has answers for how to achieve such reforms. The children always do seem to have the answer.

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    15 Responses to A Pint-Size Lesson on Education Reform

    1. David E Aldridge, Da says:

      As long as the teachwers union is in Obama's hip pocket you will never see reform in our educational system that is meaningful. No teacher is indiviually held accountable for the progress of their students. The school district may be placed on probation but never the teacher. I have seen some of the materials sent to home schooled students and I'm astonished at the level we expect these kids to work. Third graders doing Trig-come on!

    2. Thomas, Anchorage, A says:

      Great clip! Jonathan's marvelous intellect is very encouraging. His [physical] response to Adora's comments was hilarious and is the same I have when hearing the whiney excuse of "inherited" crisis. The poor girl has clearly been indoctrinated by the mopey left.

    3. Wintery Knight says:

      Check out this story from Yahoo news:

      Yahoo News reports:

      Hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid their full salaries to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just staring at the wall, if that’s what they want to do.

      Because their union contract makes it extremely difficult to fire them, the teachers have been banished by the school system to its “rubber rooms” — off-campus office space where they wait months, even years, for their disciplinary hearings.

      The 700 or so teachers can practice yoga, work on their novels, paint portraits of their colleagues — pretty much anything but school work. They have summer vacation just like their classroom colleagues and enjoy weekends and holidays through the school year.

      …“You just basically sit there for eight hours,” said Orlando Ramos, who spent seven months in a rubber room, officially known as a temporary reassignment center, in 2004-05. “I saw several near-fights. `This is my seat.’ `I’ve been sitting here for six months.’ That sort of thing.”

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090622/ap_on_re_us/u

    4. Pingback: Economist Walter Williams evaluates whether teachers are earning their huge salaries « Wintery Knight Blog

    5. Jerry, Indiana says:

      Johnathan for Congress! Maybe he can sell some of his passion to those in the House and Senate who claim to be conservative but who have a hard time standing up for those conservative principles that made our country great.

    6. Lloyd Scallan - New says:

      It's really disburbing that an 11 year old girl would have been brain washed and indoctrinated into a liberal, Bush bashing, socialist way of thinking, no doubt by her parents and teachers. Just look at what we have to look forward too,

      thanks to Obama and the news media.

    7. Grace, Florida says:

      I think a number of school teachers have proved they are not worthy to be anywhere near our children. The only thing that keeps them employed is the Union. The Public Education System is a joke.

    8. Kathleen Easler, Flo says:

      The adult "managing" the child pundits should get out of the way and stop interfering in Krohn. He was the only one who did not parrot the "official line" and the only one the adult did not try to cut off. He had important and intelligent things to say. Listen to him.

    9. Mike, Wichita Falls says:

      "Out of the mouth of babes…"

      Why is more wisdom found in this child than in our politicians? This story seems to reinforce the need for citizen politicians versus career politicians. The former has to live in, with and under the laws while the latter gets to live above the laws.

    10. candyrose ny says:

      The Public school System should be called indoctrination camps. Teaching math, reading, writting,science and specially history, in particular, The United States History is not important to the socialist teacher. They are not interested in preparing the students for the future. Obama will take care of them as soon as they get out, that if they finish.

    11. OPAS says:

      I agree with candyrose ny writes:

      The Public school System should be called indoctrination camps.

      There has been intense ongoing political indoctrination by socialist teachers who turn out more socialist teachers to indoctrinate future children. The problem is not correctable when you complain to the Fox that is guarding the hen house, (schools and Colleges)

      Yes, "They are not interested in preparing the students for the future", they are interested in preparing "future voters" like the girl who was TAUGHT BY HER TEACHERS that OBAMA is tearing down this country because, "It's George BUshes fault". That's a typical student POLITICAL indoctrination in the class room.

    12. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      There is a great difference between a teacher and an Educator. A teacher is someone that shows you a leak in the plumbing and how to complain. An Educator is someone who shows you how to fix the leak, without wasting time on fixing blame.

      Hozro

    13. Marshall Hill MI. says:

      Competion is always good!Having Choices is good and 2010 will be better!

    14. Barb -mn says:

      Felt bad for the young ones, but hopefully they will come to understand if their minds haven't been limited by indoctrination.

      I don't believe in competition with tax dollars. Get the government out. Government run public schools are destroying the upbringing of children.

      Unless of course you're Msm or a government favorite.

      Regarding a previous comment by Wintery Knight, public schools can abuse anything or one, be removed with pay! That's the reprimand!

      It's disgusting a crime can be committed and paid time off from their government tax paid job is given! This is too easy!

      Get the government out.

      Thank you, young Mr. Krohn!

    15. dennis florida says:

      i have known kids in private schools. they just seem to learn more than the kids in public schools. i believe all children have the ability to learn on the same level. however. government run public schools only teach what the government dictates.i'm sure this is why parents want to send their children to private schools.they want them to learn the right stuff.get government out and let some fresh air into the school system.the american people have some good ideals on learning

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