We need to continue challenging the “soft bigotry of low expectations” (President George W. Bush). I am going to hold public schools accountable for the students’ academic progress. Students will have to earn the grade, rather than being passed through the system without having learned vital material that will help them succeed in life. We need to continue standardized testing to mark the progress of schools and students alike.
Along with supporting public schools, it is also important that we give parents a choice in their children’s education. If you choose to send your children to a private school, or even home school them, you should not be penalized. A voucher program is necessary, so long as the students demonstrate achievement. The federal government must give back at least a large portion of what would normally be spent on educating a student at a public school, to a family that chooses to educate their children by different means.
I have seen organizations with which I am involved like Helping One Student To Succeed (HOSTS) and Big Brothers Big Sisters push young children to thrive in their academics. It’s as simple as this: get non-profit organizations involved. This brings the community together. This promotes “love thy neighbor.” And it limits government.
HOSTS is a great example of a program that shows results whereby students that aren’t quite getting it are connected with older mentors to make sure they get it.
My agenda on education is imperative so young people can compete in a high-tech world. This is the start of helping young people achieve the American dream.