Bill Murchison

This we might have foretold. Government doesn't think on its feet. Government is slow, creaky and resistant to quick change. Old ways of doing things grow encrustations that would take work to knock off. Government workers -- in the present case, teachers and principals -- acquire vested rights and interests and the jealousies that go with them. Improve things? What do you mean? Prove first the need to improve. Such is the government way. Oh -- and the spending of regularly increased sums of money to protect the old ways of doing things: that, too, is the government way.

As quick on its feet as government is slow, business constantly appraises its operations and methods. It must. If not, some competitor or other will arise to knock the slothful and somnolent off-balance -- to take away their business, that is. This understanding of the need for vigilance is what strongly commends business to the task of helping government plug educational holes and clean up messes.

Business wants to know what works at the right price. Which is what makes its educational agenda potentially transformative as it takes shape. Innovate, hold people accountable, demand performance, set goals and make sure they get met -- business methods of this sort can point the way to recovery of public education in America, away from control by government and the teachers unions.

American education needs transformation. Transformation is what business is about -- for better or worse. Liberal prejudices concerning government "efficiency" need replacement, which is where business comes in with new ideas and jump-starts. About time somebody did.

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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