[Former Labor Secretary William Brock leads the New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce.]
How can we fix American education?
In the last 25 years, spending rose 240 percent and performance has barely changed. Only 68 percent of students graduate from high school.
We need the very best among us to become teachers, and we need to ensure that standardized tests of rote knowledge don’t drive education away from the very things that have made America special: critical thinking, creativity, innovation and teamwork.