Students and families: Set high expectations for all Colorado students (regardless of documentation) with a promise of college or a decent job if students hold up their end of the bargain. Give students and their families more frequent and direct feedback about the student's current and predicted achievement. Hold families, kids and their schools more accountable for student learning through contracts that define responsibilities for schools and kids. -- from the Denver PostIf the date was April 1st, I 'd laugh this off as a joke. As it stands, it shows the mentality of the advocates of public education, and government solutions.
Let me see how this works: The government holds families and students accountable through coerced contracts, based on a system of education that is mandatory to some extent -- families can still opt out for now. A system where the parents have little to no input in the process or outcome. Then, should a student succeed (as defined by the state), college and decent jobs are guaranteed.
Anyone consider the families in this matter? Are children really wards of the state to be used based on the designs of some elite planning board?
Anyone consider the employers in this matter? Or, will the jobs be make-work government jobs? Is this the Castro solution to education?
Anyone even consider Life, Liberty, and Property?
The rest of the "solution" is simply an exposition in central planning. Haven't we been here before? It's not a skip down the Yellow Brick Road to the other side of the rainbow, this is the solution of chains that defined the 20th Century.
As I wrote in a previous post, I don't know which is worse: The snakes who propose solutions such as those contained in the article, or the fools who say, "I guess that makes sense. Let's do it!"