Steve Jobs’ advice to Obama on Fixing American Education System

(Cross posted from Shrikant’s Blog)

Just finished Steve Jobs Biography by Walter Isaacson. On page 544, last para, he advises Obama in his typical no hold back mode.

Jobs attacked America’s education system, saying that it was hopelessly antiquated and crippled by union work rules. Until the teachers’ unions were broken, there was utmost no hope for education reform. Teachers should be treated as professionals, he said, not as industrial assembly line workers. Principals should be able to hire and fire them based on how good they were. Schools should  be open until at least 6pm and be in session eleven months of the year. It was absurd, he added, that American classrooms were still based on teachers standing at a board and using textbooks. All books, learning materials, and assessments should be digital and interactive, tailored to each student and providing feedback in real time.

Please note, all of the above, relevant to India and India’s education system. The question is do we have some like Jobs to get the government to listen and execute.

One thought on “Steve Jobs’ advice to Obama on Fixing American Education System”

  1. @Shrikant,
    > Teachers should be treated as professionals, he said, not as industrial assembly line workers. Principals should be able to hire and fire them based on how good they were.

    Almost by definition, this cannot happen in a government run organization. Which means that “getting the government to listen and execute” might not be the right approach.

    Ideally, there should be a system in which the government just gets out of the way, and let’s the private sector handle it.

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