Where is the educational ATM?
While Barry Oh! wants more public sector jobs, a more important question is this: can we wring any productivity gains from these jobs as they now “serve” the public, and if so, how?
While most would agree it’s better to avoid a crime, accident, or a fire then to clean up the mess after the fact, I’m wondering more about education. Specifically where is the educational version of the ATM? You know, the thing that “does” education cheaper, faster, and better than it’s done now?
While some think educational improvements in productivity (that is, better student outcomes without changes in cost, the same student outcomes for lower cost, or a beneficial mix of both) has left the station, it is likely to remain in the crawl mode for some time. Why?
Follow the money.
Liberal Luddites will embrace tradition (in this case, the call to hire more teachers—it’s for the children…and the teachers’ unions) when it helps meet their need for political power. As such, as it concerns education, it seems there is not only little incentive to innovate but more so, there are actually powerful disincentives towards innovation.