National Turnaround Model – A Modest Proposalby Marc Severson on May. 29, 2012, under Education
(Note: I was surfing through unpublished Ops that I had written and hit upon this one. I apologize if the link is no longer good as I wrote this last summer but I really like it and hope you will too.)
In reading Josh Brodsky’s article, “Private-prison expansion a crime” 1) I was inspired by what must be a truly great idea. It was when I read the quote:
And the plan is to keep locking people up. The auditor general’s report says the Department of Corrections anticipates roughly 50,000 inmates by 2016 – even though incarceration rates have nominal, if any, effect on crime rates.
No effect on crime? Continued failure? Of course, how could we have been so blind? We need to expand the Turnaround Model!
For those of you uninitiated, the ‘turnaround’ model has already been used in two TUSD high schools. The way it works is this: first you fire everyone, it doesn’t matter what their job is, if they work at that school you fire them all, teaching assistant, custodian, secretary; fire them! Then, and this is important, you are allowed to hire back up to 50% of those you fired, though in practice this 50% number has never actually been reached. If you want you can hire back 45%, 40%, or none, it’s OK you be the judge. Finally, you go out and get all new people to fill the rest of the jobs and voila, success! Why is success guaranteed, you ask? Because you get federal money for enacting the ‘turnaround model’.
We all know that providing more funds to anything ensures success. Just look at the bank bailouts. But wait there’s more. A little talked about side benefit of the turnaround model is that you can also target people who have been there the longest, since they are making the really big money in education, you know those teachers who make $40K or more. Fire them and don’t hire them back. This really trims the fat.
So to solve the problem as stated by Josh, we fire all the people who work at prisons, weed out the most experienced, hire all new people and the crime recidivism rate automatically decreases and you have a lot more funding to work with. It is golden.
You know what? Why wait? Let’s go to those areas of the cities where the highest numbers of crimes occur and fire all the policemen who work in those local precincts. Then hire a bunch of new policemen with the federal funds and automatically we won’t have as high a rate of new crimes.
We could do the same with firemen, cut out some big bucks paid in salaries while lowering the incidence of accidental fires. That way you’ll get more sleep because you won’t be awakened as often by those irritating sirens.
The government has really hit upon something with this Turnaround model thing. Why, we could renovate the entire nature of public service jobs in America. Wait a minute . . . the government? Turnaround model, fire all of them?
Are you thinking what I’m thinking?