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It is not news that the current education system in our country is in shambles.  Currently, approximately, 25% of the youth do not obtain a high school degree and , of those who do, about 50% read at an 8th grade level.  As the Federal government grows bigger, it becomes more ineffective in many areas, but especially within the realm of education. Until the mid 1960’s, the Federal government played a minimal role in education and, in that era, American education was the envy of the world.  It has been since the Federal government imposed sa formal Department of Education that we have seen inefficient teachers, sub-par education quality, and the Department of Education has not been seen to fulfill any of its many purposes, ranging from “to promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information;” to “to increase the accountability of Federal education programs to the President, the Congress and the public;”.[1]  Education is not a standard commodity; it is not a privilege where one size fits all, and this is exactly what the Department of Education has tried to do on the Federal level.  Different states and different populations around the country deal with different problems in education, as they strive to deliver the best education and skills necessary to provide success to students in their region.  Given the growth of union power, local school boards need the authority to prioritize children’s education and prevent union abuses.  Charter and voucher schools have played a positive role in many communities, and should be available to parents.  Due to its proven failures, I will work to eliminate the Federal Department of Education.  States should be free to determine their own methods for achieving the improvements, as they will be more knowledgeable, in the different factors and circumstances that hinder their students’ capabilities and, thus, better able to assess and correct them.

Priorities have continually been shifting in our educational system; with these priorities being further and further removed from the foundational aims of education.  Teachers continue to be unionized, and the focus has been seen to deviate further away from the quality of education that is being provided, to their own personal economic benefit.  We have also seen societal goals being increasingly intertwined with our educational goals.  The classroom is no longer simply an educational arena for science and language arts; it has also become a stage where lifestyle decisions and politicized choices are being pressed and imposed upon children and parents alike.  I support an educational system that does not clutter children’s attention with needless political and bureaucratic priorities but keeps minds open and inquisitive as the basis of a free and productive society.

 



[1] An Overview of the U.S. Dept of Education (Section 102, Public Law 96-88)

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