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The Big Picture: Reinvent Education with Robert Reich

This is the 5th installment of ‘The Big Picture: 10 Ideas to Save the Economy’ with Robert Reich:

Reinvent Education

Much of our education system, from the bells that ring to separate classes, to memorization drills, was built to feed the assembly lines that powered the American economy in the last century.

What we need today is education that provides the critical thinking skills necessary for the new economy.

— Robert Reich

How to Reinvent Education

The American education system is terribly outmoded. For the sake of our kids, and the economy, we must fix it.

  • Stop endless testing
  • Limit class sizes
  • Increase funding and services
  • Technical training
  • Make higher education FREE
  • Increase teacher and staff pay

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‘The Big Picture: 10 Ideas to Save the Economy’ is a collaborative project between Robert Reich and MoveOn.Org.


About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. peter

    Reblogged this on Never Stop Learning about Life and commented:
    how about topics like self sufficiency. vegeterian cooking. micro financing and global warming for starters

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I’m so glad you blog about those topics. People need encouragement and help to get started in that direction, which takes into account the really ‘big picture.’

  2. newsfortherevolution

    The greatest resource any country has are its children. These ideas would revolutionize society!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      You are so right. This country needs to once more look toward the future. The kids will do it, if we let them.

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