Just Replace the Parents

On Friday Thomas Friedman revealed his new solution to address the problems of America’s public schools. As he explains:

We’ve been treated to reams of op-ed articles about how we need better teachers in our public schools and, if only the teachers’ unions would go away, our kids would score like Singapore’s on the big international tests. There’s no question that a great teacher can make a huge difference in a student’s achievement, and we need to recruit, train and reward more such teachers. But here’s what some new studies are also showing: We need better parents. Parents more focused on their children’s education can also make a huge difference in a student’s achievement.

This brings to mind one of Maximilien Robespierre’s more creative policy nonstarters: “If the people do not support our ideas, then it is time to replace the people.”

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer