John C. Dvorak has been using, living, and writing about tech for decades. He's seen many educational tech innovations come and go, and he doesn't believe there's anything that can resurrect the American Public Educational System. Dvorak believes technology can't replace a good teacher. He also believes the teachers' unions are too powerful and stand in the way of needed reforms. John was fortunate to home school two of his children, and while doing this involved a number of challenges, the results were as he expected, outstanding.

However, homeschooling is not for everyone. There's a large infrastructure in place to facilitate home-schooled kids, such as museum visits, sports outings and much more. According to Dvorak, one of the best advantages with home-schooling is it's nearly impossible for a child to fail a test. The reason is simple, the child's progress is closely monitored, and if they fall behind in a subject, it is recognized and remedial action is immediately taken. Home-schooling can be a perfect feedback loop. But, the child must be completely willing and receptive, and the parent must play their didactic role.

I believe we need to get rid of crumby teachers. It's easier to fire just about anybody other than a teacher. The union protects their right to incompetency with great vigor and resources. Tenure and mandatory unionization have to go.

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Federal News Radio just reported that morale among Federal Workers has taken a hit. They attribute the decline in worker happiness to a two year pay freeze, which really hasn't stopped workers from getting higher pay and constant bashing from Congress and the Public. From its website, it is difficult to tell whether this is a serious effort to inform the DC Federal Worker Community, or whether they're a union shill. To quote, "Federal News Radio features the talents of some of the best federal minds in the industry." We're not sure what a federal mind is, or what industry they're referring to, but in our opinion, if their minds were so great they wouldn't be working for the government in the first place.

Federal workers are unhappy because many of them are not suitably challenged by their work environment. Lack of challenge leads to worker unhappiness. If a person is not growing, they're going to be unhappy. Really simple concept that seems to have gone over the heads of Federal News. So perhaps it's time to encourage all those unhappy government employees to seek employment elsewhere, where they'll be more appreciated. And while we're at it, after the mass retirements take place, lets close down the departments where they used to work.

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