A friend of mine did Peace Corps in Kenya. (His soon to be wife went to Thailand) He taught math. It was his favorite two years. The kids were committed and attentive and really enthusiastic. They came to school neat and polite and dedicated. This dispute the fact that for many of them it really was a five mile hike, uphill both ways. (Given the state of Kenyan roads in the early 80s) He was so enthused that he applied to be a teacher in SC (Where his wife lived). He burnt out after 1 year, but kept working for two more. Nobody in the school seemed to care. Not the other teachers, not the administration, and least of all the students. He had to get stitches one time trying to stop a fight between two girls who were drunk at 10:30. Education in public schools seems to be the most angry and militant of the unions. This despite tenure, despite wages that start in the low 40s, pensions that allow for early retirement and despite long vacations. (Oregon schoolkids are only in class 175 days a year.) In Kenya, schoolbooks were shared, resources were limited, but everyone was on the same page and the kids did really well. And discipline while draconian, was universally accepted as necessary for learning. Here in Oregon it costs 12,000 per kid per year to produce marginal results. Nationally, we have dangerous schools, little learning, and high expenses. Maybe we should just privatize the whole system. We pay private schools 11,000 per head. We test twice a year (Independent proctors) and if the school actually produces a result, they get a 2000 bonus, and if they produce a really positive result, a bigger bonus. Or it might be better to run the schools the way the pentagon runs a bomber program. Our bombers and submarines work real well. Our schools, don't.