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I think Virgil Goode is a good presidential candidate from an Education standpoint.
Make teaching a REAL profession that shows its importance and attract only the best and fully certified with pay that attracts the intelligent highly motivated individuals. Notify parents each day a NON teacher is in their child's classroom due to failure to attract a REAL teacher. At a time when teacher training is needed the most due to todays needs and students it is being reduced or waived. Get serious about education or the nation will pay the high price for failure.
If teacher pay is tied to student performance, how will teachers like librarians, music teachers, gym teachers, or guidance counselors be rewarded? There are excellent teachers in these fields--but their contributions to student test scores are less "measurable." If one of the candidates has addressed this and I've missed it please let me know!
As a teacher, I already know that having stubborn, disruptive students in class will affect the performance of the rest of the students. When the performance of the students is not up to par, then the teacher will be blamed. It is a fact that there are classes of students that go all through their school years and are noted for being out of control. The class after them could be wonderful. Respectful, and ready to learn. I hate to think what the salary system will be like if we are judged on performance because inevitably it will be based on test scores.
Every student will be tested on the same material and be expected to attain the same level of achievement.
Not all students are created equal. (play on words). Some students will NEVER attain a passing level in algebra and still go on to live a full life. But all students must pass algebra in order to graduate in our district. If the special ed and ESOL students do not perform well, then the teachers are blamed and that could mean their pay is affected.
We already have a shortage of teachers, believe me, this will not improve the situation.
You ask the wrong question. It should not be what is good for the education establishment, but what is good for the children.
Those who would like to see the federal government romoved from regulating education and abolishing the federal Dept of Education should check out Ron Paul's position on education. It's too bad he has ruled out running as a Libertarian.
Instead of none of the above, see Ron Paul's views on education, they very closely match yours. (and mine)
Private education has nothing to do with denying science. Some of the best scientists went to "private" schools.
Private Education is a cult???? What an ignorant comment. Private education has certain standards and beliefs.
I am a former teacher and current administrator.