Free Market Charter SchoolSubmitted by Baug on Thu, 11/03/2011 - 14:18
Alright, I'm having trouble with this idea that keeps plaguing my brain and not letting me think about anything else because it seems very important.
I get very upset about the current state of education in the country, and that's probably one reason I support Ron Paul so much. His vision to eradicate the Dept. of Education would allow for private education to truly grow, prosper, and provide a higher quality education. This brings me to the idea that's been stuck in my head and won't leave me alone.
I feel a strong calling to put together a charter school which operates as its own microcosm free market economy. The idea would be to provide distance learning programs and computer based learning for core competencies and to rely on community volunteers to "mentor" the young people at the school on how to operate their own businesses. These student operated businesses would basically form their own economy.
The currency would be used not only in the interactions between businesses, but also for "purchasing" their grades.
Creating a system this complex would be a chore, but I think it would help give young people a greater understanding of how competencies, certifications, and other skills are actually utilized in the actual workforce.
It would also teach students that if a market for what they really want to do is already saturated, that they have to expect that their compensation isn't going to be very good.
There's just so many directions I'd want to see this go, and I've spent so much time thinking about it that I don't know where to go or what to do with it. The only rational outlet to me seemed to be to talk with other free-market minded folks to see if this style of education would be well suited to a 14-18 age group of about 500 students.
If nobody here has questions, ideas, or interest, I'll know I should start trying to figure out a better idea. Because, as I said, this is tormenting me as I am starting to feel a real calling towards making a radical innovation to change the way Americans educate by producing an outstanding new program...