Saturday, June 7, 2008
THE ISSUES: EDUCATION
There are some issues that I think should be non-partisan. To me education should be one of those, but the differences between republican and democrat are somewhat definable. I am not employed in education, though there are those in my family who are. I am a mother with a son in the school system and I get my opinions from that particular angle. Also, I can only state my life's experience in being educated and going through the system myself as a student, and not a very good one I might add.
I think that education should be funneled finacially from the federal level, but mostly at the state level. States should be in charge of their own education systems and any failures should be handled at that level. Teachers are grossly under paid in almost every state in the union. Kids are harder to handle and parents are bigger idiots than they have ever been. Teachers baby-sit these maniac texting brats for 8 hours every day. My sister who is a special-ed teacher actually has parents calling her and yelling at her for THEIR kids not doing their homework. Teachers deserve to be paid more especially when the cost of living has never been higher. Utah is suffering from a severe teacher shortage and is trying to recruit teachers out of retirement to make up the loss. Pay teachers more. Period.
President Bush has spent more money in education than any other previous President. I support No Child Left Behind, except for the fact that it provides no parental accountability. Parents should be more accountable. My sons elementary school in Arizona had a sign that said "we believe in no child left behind and we will leave no child left behind". The principal of the school was excellent and my son is 2 grades ahead in school comparatively here in Utah as the curriculum is quite behind that in Arizona. The principal's attitude made the system work and we all benefited. I do think education has come a long way and is a lot better than when I was in school.
I will state for the record on the Obama hatin' blog that I liked his philosophy on education. He wants to emphasize early childhood development and address the epidemic of drop-outs. I agree with him on this issue and he will get no Obama sucks with regard to his education policies. I think they are pretty solid.
John McCain is very similar to Obama, only goes a step further in offering school choice. The state of Arizona has school choice and the education in that state kicks butt. The democratic governor is excellent in that regard and is creating a top notch education system that promotes excellence through competition.
Both candidates to me are well defined on this issue, though I think McCain with his school choice tips me in his favor. Over all both look good in this area. Don't worry I'll be back to hatin' on Obama when we get to some other issues.
All in all I believe it is the parents job to make sure their child is succeeding. A supportive and loving family is the best formula for success in the school system. I am not the flash card mom that shoves knowledge down my kids throat 24/7. A desire to learn is natural for children and must be nurtured by parents and teachers together. Playing is part of learning and children must be allowed to be kids. The government is only a small portion of the problem. The rest is up to the family and the community. In my humble opinion. OK not so humble. WHEW. That hurt. I don't like being nice to the Obamanator. For more on this topic read Freadom Nation