Our next president must address the broken educational system in this country. Our educational system is broken from pre-k through college. There are many corrections that need to be made. I will only itemize a few.
The Department of Education needs to be disbanded. The only purpose for this department is for the federal government to influence what is taught in schools and how it is taught. The department withholds funds from school districts that do not comply with their demands. States send tax money to the federal government and the Department of Education gets its share and doles it back out to the states. This problem was exacerbated in 1979 when Jimmy Carter separated DE from Health, Education and Welfare. Federal mandates take teacher's and principal's time to fill out forms for the Fed. Many school districts have hired extra staff to administer federal paperwork requirements. This department raises the cost of education and test scores have decreased since the day it came into existence.
In many school districts parents are treated like outsiders. School teachers and school administrators turn parents away that want to be involved in their children’s education. This arrogance is ignorance. Many students, especially in inner cities are in schools that have an atmosphere not conducive to learning. School choice would solve the problem, but it is not allowed in most instances because the teachers unions are against it. You see – the poorer preforming schools are often the ones where you cannot get rid of bad teachers because of union rules. Instead, many school districts pay bad teachers to stay home – there is no way to fire them.
The Pacific Education Group (PEG) is causing havoc in all school districts that hire them. They are training school administrators that they are the problem. PEG coaches school administrators to only discipline white kids. People of color are allowed leeway for violence and destruction, since they cannot be punished. President Obama and the Department of Education are fostering these ignorant ideas. The result will be constructing more prisons to house the students that were never taught that they are accountable for their own actions.
Federal government policies under the Obama Administration have increased the cost of college to a point that only the wealthy can attend. Obama’s motive was noble, but as usual, government intervention has the opposite of the intended effect. Government money corrupts – at least it has shown to do so in the United States. The federal government lowered the standards for education grants and made student loans available to people that Obama made clear would not have to repay the loan money. The result is college tuition, fees and book prices have skyrocketed in the last six years. An example of a foolish government solution on a student loan issue is Corinthian Colleges. Corinthian Colleges are for profit schools that have been caught running student loan scams. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and President Obama are ready to forgive student loans for Corinthian students at a cost of $3.5 billion. Taxpayers are footing the bill to support scam artist and any student that attended these colleges.
School choice works everywhere it is used. It makes schools compete for students that want a good education. Politics is the only reason school choice is not available everywhere. Parents need to be involved in schools. They need to be aware of curricula and involved in helping children learn and progress. Education should be a state issue and a school district issue, not a federal issue.