Some Ideas to Reform Education

The left sorrowfully clings to their cheese in the wake of tectonic economic changes. Incapable of adapting, they complain that they cannot keep their old, economically inefficient way of life, that there is too much debt, that stocks are a bubble, interest rates are not high enough, or not enough good paying jobs are being created.

People are getting richer and smarter than ever. America is becoming Richistan. Smart, high-IQ people have and will continue to reap most of the economic gains. Get a STEM degree, learn to code apps, buy stocks, buy real estate in good areas like the Bay Area, Washington DC, Aspen, Orange County, Long Island, Seattle, and Manhattan. Become a technology or a defense lobbyist.

We, the American people, need to come to terms with the reality that in our super-competitive economy where productivity is paramount, not everyone who wants a job will be able to obtain one, even among the educated. The problem is our education system is setting unrealistically high expectations for the millions of dull students that are churned through the high school diploma mill. Upon graduating, they forget most of what they have learned, and because they aren’t that smart, they don’t complete college, nor do they have the capability of self-learning programming or some other high-paying skill. So unless these millions of dull young adults find low paying service sector work, they will probably be unemployed most of their life and a drag on society.

George W. Bush infamously asked, “Is our children learning?” Now the question is, is our children learning the right stuff? To answer this, we propose overhauling the k-12 curriculum by splitting it into two groups: the dullards and everyone else, with special classes for the former and regular classes for the later. Of course, schools already have various special ed and gifted programs, but the difference is that after a certain grade level, we stop teaching the dullards a normal education and instead focus on teaching them how to create economic value. Second, to raise revenue and teach these value-centric skills, the public schools partner with various private companies.

For example, schools should partner with Fox News to broadcast all day, every day, year round patriotic, pro-growth messages. For the dullards, Facebook and Snapchat could offer classes on how to take selfies and upload them (although everyone is encouraged to join).

Maybe Hasbro and Mattel can offer a ‘class’ to teach kids persuasion techniques to get their parents to buy the latest toys.

Have a class on the importance of consumer spending.

For low-scoring girls, make Keeping up with the Kardashians required viewing. Same for the popular Kim Kardashian app. While lacking in educational value, these activities create more economic value than a typical overpaid job, and for low-IQ students, it’s the best they can aspire to.

Challenging economic times call for unorthodox solutions. Another idea is that the unemployed could partner with Google to click Google ads. At the end of every month, an audit is done to see if the ads are being clicked, and if so, the unemployed are given a small amount of money.

Thee are just some rough ideas, but it’s better to teach good consumer spending habits and pro-growth values than waste time and money teaching subjects that will be of no use and will go in one ear and out the other.