If public education were like Major League Baseball, we’d see interesting changes.
- The best teachers would be free agents after a set amount of time. If they got lazy or were no longer good, they would have lower pay or shorter contracts.
- The charter school system would be the minor leagues. Teachers could work on practice and be called up to be bigs later on.
- Principals would get fired if the school underperformed. The best principals would get bigger and longer contracts.
- Schools would grant naming rights to sponsoring companies. Public money would rarely be needed.
- The worst schools would get first pick of the best recruits from higher education. Unrecruited teachers would join the charter school system.
- Superintendents would have a great portion of personal wealth invested in the school system. The board would be advisory in nature.
- The commissioner of education would be for the state or region, and would regulate drafts and rules. A commissioner’s association would meet every winter to decide general rule changes.
- Teachers and students would have 6 weeks of training camp, with a 6-month teaching season to follow. Off-season students would be expected to continue a training regimen and return to camp sharp and ready to learn.
- Double-headers would be used in place of rain/snow-outs.
- There would be halls of fame for both teaching and for students. These shrines would attract thousands of people each year.
- The best teaching would be televised for everyone to enjoy. TV contracts would help pay for technology in schools.