Pardon me, Harold. Here's my list:
Make schools smaller.
Make the day shorter.
Make the year shorter.
Have fewer years in school.
Teach fewer subjects.
Why? On what might I presume such an opinion? Going back, as Bernice Regan has said, to the last place you were when things worked well. To the one room school house of the last generation. Children graduated, often in 1/2 the time, with a solid core of the basics. They were ready for college.
There is plenty of media hype about the state of our educational system these days. Money, says Obama, is about to flow into the system. The goal, to return United States citizens to leadership in math and science, in the world. That's right, benevolent democratic world domination. And the hype can get me panicked, thinking my kids are failing the country with a lack of math or science worksheets.
Then I remember my ethics. I don't really care if the United States dominates math and science research. I think we'd do better to pour that money into health care and parenting classes. I am not raising Drones of Super Power. I am raising human beings. And I am raising them on French Fries, not those idiotic and imbecilic "Freedom Fries." (Remember those?) Give us this day our calm responsible life, give me liberty and the good sense to mind my own business, just like France. And please, remember the definition of insanity: to repeat the same behavior again and again, each time expecting a different result. Because, if the schools are not working, I ask you, Harold O. Levy, how can you suggest more of the same with a straight face?