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    Craig Barrett (Intel CEO) on the g-schools:

    Q: On K-12, what would you do? If the problem was yours to solve, what would be your first step?

    A: For about two years plus, I was a member of the Glenn Commission. Senator Glenn had a commission and came out with a report and the title of the report is “Before It’s Too Late.” It basically came out in 2001. …

    The Glenn Commission addresses this issue of what to do with math and science education in K-12 as a series of recommendations. Everything from: Treat teachers as professionals, use technology, put meritocracy into the system, pay for performance, make it easier for people to become math and science teachers, etc. … I signed off on the report.

    Q: You spent a lot of time on it yourself?

    A: Monthly or bi-monthly meetings and other stuff for a couple of years. It was a classic government report. You have a problem, you assign a commission to study it, you get the commission’s report, you accept it with open arms, tie a red ribbon around it, put it on the bookshelf and you never look at it again. Then you continue to ask the question, “So what shall we do?”

    From my very simple standpoint, in addition to the Glenn Commission, my personal standpoint, I would put some competition in the system, and I would quantify the system.

    I happen to be an Arizona resident. It doesn’t make any difference. It can be a California resident or an Oregon resident or a New Mexico resident, there’s an active debate in each one of those states about no child left behind, about quantified testing.

    You hear all of the arguments about how demeaning it is to schools, teachers and takes away from classroom learning. I’m an engineer. I don’t know how to solve a problem unless you measure what you’re trying to solve. … I’m a big fan of testing and I’m a big fan of quantitative measures.

    I’m a big fan of competition. Competition is charter schools or private schools. I don’t think the K-12 public school system is capable of reforming itself in a required period of time unless it has some form of competition.

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