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Tulsa oilman: KIPP-style education needed to solve crisis in America

BY JOHN A. BROCK Published: March 29, 2013
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No magic or mystery is involved. They get a commitment from the students and their parents. They promise that “knowledge is power” and will be rewarded. They use proven teaching techniques. They've extended the school day to 5 p.m., the school week to noon on Saturdays and the school year by having programs in the summer. The extension not only gives more time to learn but takes the children off the street while the parents are working. They make going to school a fun and fulfilling experience.

Let's call on the governor and Legislature for leadership in solving this crisis. We should extend the school day to 5 p.m. and the school year. We will have to pay our teachers more and hire more of them, but it will be cheaper than hiring prison guards later. Many jobs in Oklahoma can't be filled because there are no qualified applicants. If we want to improve the economy, let's stop trying to bribe companies to come to Oklahoma where they can't find qualified employees and spend the money to provide a KIPP education to qualify our citizens.

Brock, of Tulsa, is a retired oil and gas operator and a member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.