Change education paradigm

John Conlin: Change education paradigm

Originally Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Original Article can be found in the Longmont Times

Regarding your June 3 editorial, “Build, fund effective K-12 system,” Colorado spends on average $10,640 per pupil per year on K-12 education; the national average is around $13,000.

You can get a pretty good private education for that amount, yet Colorado taxpayers need to fork over another $1 billion to help improve the public education system? Perhaps we should demand better performance before spending even more money on a failing system.

Rather than throwing a billion dollars at a broken system, why don’t we change the system? Let’s quit funding the education establishment and instead fund parents and children. Let’s simple give this money to the parents, in some state-regulated environment of course, and let them decide how/where it is spent.

Freedom and competition have transformed the world; they will do the same for public education. Freedom has never been wrong. Let’s free the children from the education plantation and let the actual results determine the way forward. Enough with throwing more money at the status quo. Let’s change the very paradigm on which public education is based, and in the process unleash the wisdom of millions.

John Conlin, founder
End the Education Plantation

John Conlin

John Conlin is a self-employed management consultant who lives in Littleton, Colorado. He started End The Education Plantation because he’s seen first-hand the harm being caused by our nation’s schools and believes it’s time to do something about that. Join our email list for continuing updates. And get involved. We’re a grassroots organization.


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