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David Brat .. the TPer who beat out Eric Cantor for Representative form VA has novel ideas abut education:

The greatest thinkers in Western civ were not products of education policy. Socrates trained Plato in on a rock and then Plato trained in Aristotle, roughly speaking, on a rock. So, huge funding is not necessary to achieve the greatest minds and the greatest intellects in history.
And so with that said, we do face huge challenges, in our kids coming out of the high school system right now, if we ask them what a business is, we’d be challenged to get a good answer. We all talk about skills and all this kinds of things. So we have huge challenges; I want to work together on that. Our kids do compete against India and China, etc. right now in a global economy, and we’re not winning. And economics is a win-win; it’s not that India and China should lose, we can all trade together and get rich together and so it’s a win-win thing.

We can all do better; I think if we really want to do better, we need to get private sector folks into every single one of our schools, get the CEOs in the schools and move beyond this, this narrow policy debate, and really have a revolution … Our kids do not know what a business is when they graduate from high school. They need to know that. So we can talk skills and this, that, and the other thing, but we’re not going to have any success until we do work together at that much higher level and shoot for true success for our kids.


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