Full Question: I'm about to run for the state legislature. Are you familiar enough with the situation in the United States that a conversation about improving education here would be productive? Most teachers in the state are very unhappy. I can eliminate red tape and bogus policies myself, but that's not enough to fix things.
Answer: Yes, education is sprinkled with great ideas barely or never implemented. Implementation is so often the lost science in our business. Running for senate – best wishes. I have a political (quasi) job here in Oz [Australia] as Federal government appointed chair of AITSL. I have a single mission to (re-)introduce the notion of expertise back into education. We need to banish the notion of autonomy (why do poor teachers/schools have rights to autonomy), bringing back entrusted accountability WITHIN the school (As so often we have moved the accountability up and this has barely helped a student while so many play these games – at such cost), and demand evaluative thinking – how would you know this is making an impact on students --asking for evaluative evidence. I am writing a book with a colleague on such evaluative expertise in our profession. We must stop promising “things”, new types of schools, more accountability from above, and our byline is every student deserves a great teacher by design not chance” (John Hattie, personal communication, February 16, 2019).