For years now, I've done everything I can think of to get those ideas implemented. I have presented them in my columns and articles in The Atlantic and Washington Post as well as on this blog, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. I'm spoken about them in public forums, including at The Commonwealth Club, at my alma mater U.C. Berkeley, and on my NPR-San Francisco radio show. I've sent them to many people with the power to implement them--for example, the biggies at the U.S. Office of Education.. I've written about them in my new book, What's the Big Idea? 39 Reinventions for a Better America.
I believe these ideas have greater potential for improving education than the traditionally proposed reduce class size, increase expectations, etc.:
- Having teachers replace some homework with dream-team-taught online courses. No traction.
- Requiring each college to post substantive consumer information about itself on its home page as a condition for receiving federal funds. No traction.
- Replacing colleges' arcana-larded general education with courses more likely to abet students' lives. No traction.