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Complex problems often require complex solutions; however, debates on education quality in Latin America too often lead to unnecessarily complex programs or initiatives.
The famous aeronautical engineer Kelly Johnson developed a mantra for dealing with this problem: keep it simply, stupid (KISS). According to him, the design of a plane should be sufficiently simple so that it may be repaired by any mechanic with a general knowledge of planes. In this article, Fiszbein applies the KISS principle to address challenges facing quality education in the region.