360-degree education accountability
No Child Left Behind, despite admirable goals, has resulted in a misplaced focus on test prep, a narrow curriculum, and a rigid accountability that doesn’t serve the kids’ interests. The law correctly shines a light on the needs of all our children, but the current atmosphere is toxic, focusing schools on compliance rather than achievement. I suggest a 360-degree accountability system in which multiple parties—from principals to teachers to parents—are held responsible. Testing should be one of many evaluation factors, along with a culture of order and respect, attendance, and individual improvement. Under these redefined objectives, all stakeholders would answer to each other.