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Up our special series education America lifting our grade we all agree education is important could use some improvement.
And that includes President Obama.
For the sake of our children and our economy.
And America's future.
We're gonna have to do a better job.
Every single one of our sons and -- Right so what needs to be done to make sure were preparing our young people to compete and it succeed in the real world.
With us now Joseph Klein former chancellor of new York city department of education and an executive with News Corp.
-- great to see you again -- to be military.
Aren't so -- you wrote that the status quo in public education is broken what needs to be done.
Well we need to do a lot of things but it's broken because we're not remotely getting results that our children -- need for the 21 century we are massively under preparing our kids.
What do we need to do we need to really bring in excellent teachers the top food to those laws of group.
People who really committed dedicated and who -- constantly going to improve.
We need to give parents choices so that we can make sure we bring competition and innovation into the educational space.
We -- technology in a very -- in every other field.
People use technology -- to a digital revolution so we need big things big changes the one thing I know it's -- we keeps on a path we're on right now.
Our kids and -- rude awakening in the 21 century.
Well -- -- two -- point that we're not getting the results we want let me show you some numbers.
More money not -- polling results here New York spends more per student than any other state in the nation.
And they have a graduation rate at 73 point 6% you look at you top.
It spends less than any other state in the nation and its graduation rate higher than New York what does that tell you.
We're not spend enough money -- -- right I'll give you one number than was shocked people but 19722010.
Over forty years in real dollars inflation adjusted.
We more than double two and a half times as much money.
Turn it -- forty year period look at our high school results on national tests slab -- -- science where it's down.
So we're making a big -- but will make in the wrong bets would betting on things that are not gonna succeed for our kids and we have got to stop treating -- like assembly line workers.
Stop protecting them through ten -- The things that last in first out and start insisting -- teaching -- -- -- profession so many young teacher I know.
Really want to be part of a real profession.
Not part of the trade union that says you get -- that lockstep pay life tenure and seniority that.
Is required that you break up the unions does that mean major reform and the teachers ranks what does it mean it means both some major reform and he teaches ranks you're seeing it now in New York for example is a group with teachers called.
Educators for excellence.
And you know really it's challenging the established orthodoxy the other thing it means is let's give people real choices and it.
Everyone is watching.
Want to choice for his or her children.
You want it I want it we all want it and yet our neediest kids are stuck in a neighborhood school whether it's good or bad.
Or otherwise and we've got to get real stop pretending we can have a monopoly providers solve all the problems give our family's choice and let them.
Make sure which right that it can safe place.
And it numbers of kids graduating from high school high it's been a long time 61%.
And yet fewer of them are actually prepared to go into college what what is going -- here why can't we educate these kids.
Prepare them for the real world.
Get -- ready to go to a four year institution.
Well forceful as you said it is -- highest in the mayor deserves Mayor Bloomberg deserve a lot of credit he took this thing up by over twenty points on his watch.
But our standards are too low you know today in America the overall high school graduation rate is about seventy.
And half of those kids are not ready for college I mean it's not worth the paper it's not we need to insist on much higher standards.
And we need insistence standards and -- couldn't compare favorably with global standards.
And we need insists that we get our kids aligned with those standards educated up to what the evening if not.
What's gonna happen and a 21 -- our children won't be competitive it's just that simple.
The demands of the 21 saint century economy a very different but the twentieth century when I sort of public school in New York City over 60% of -- high school drop out.
Today's fewer than six and the college graduates are up on the other end.
We have got to get serious about this -- Well I we -- care about that next generation not just when it comes to education but also our debt in our deficit and not burden them too much with the financial problems Joseph Klein thanks for coming -- we really appreciate.
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