In response to A. D. P. Efferson's post on gender-segregated schooling, I thought I'd ask the Ricochet community what they would do to change education on the school level.
So, put on your imagination cap: you've just been made sole owner and president of a K-12 private school, with no restrictions on how the kids are to be taught.
The biggest change I'd make would be to allow kids to go at different paces through computerized testing. Leaving aside essay-based tests that require a human grader, most tests can be computerized. A student at my school could walk into a computer lab, tell the invigilator, "I'd like to take (or re-take) 7th grade math, test 2." The student could then take that test, and either get ahead of or catch up with his peers. Tests would be generated from a database of questions, so students could re-take tests many times without repeating the same questions.
There would be video-lectures available on all subjects (like the Khan academy), but there would also be traditional teachers teaching traditional classrooms.
Also, I would abolish Summer vacation in favor of smaller breaks throughout the year. Students could still do independent study and tests during breaks, but there would be no classes scheduled.