1- Do away with the "no child left behind". When you go as fast as the slowest person, then the rest never reach there full potential. There is no growth and achievement status.
2- Do away with all the self-esteem programs. The reality of life is not everyone gets the job, a raise or can start a business. Therefor to teach children that everyone wins is flawed to begin with. Everyone doesn't win. There will always be children and consequently adults that don't feel good about themselves.
3- Pay raise substantial (60,000) for those that truly excel and are set apart from the gang. If the cream always rises, then it needs to be rewarded. All teachers are not the same. Just like all business are not the same, nor do they all make it.
4- Start school later in the day. It's not normal for anyone to be awake at 6 a.m. in order to be to school by 8:00. It's not just the sugar that makes the children tired, it's the ridiculous hour that school starts.
5- Do away with parents in the class room. When I grew up it was a 40:1 student/teacher ratio. They did report cards AFTER school, not giving days off. We've lowered our standards for our children and teachers, consequently our country has slid further and further down in the ranks of productivity, leading the world in business and ingenuity!