A great editorial in The New York Times this past Friday points out how our antiquated model of education-- based on factory production-- is a major obstacle to improving public schools. Countries with the very best systems have adapted to the information revolution. They approach teaching as a profession, akin to medicine or law, complete with rigorous standards, long-term apprenticeships, and collaborative knowledge building. It's the teachers, and the teaching, that matters. Our current system doesn't allow teachers to shine.
I attended graduate school with the author of the piece, Jal Mehta. Read the editorial in full here: Teachers: Will We Ever Learn?