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Education … a right!

April 19, 2017

I believe that everyone in this country has the responsibility of making sure that all citizens have equal access to quality education. Whether it’s pre-k or college, everyone has a right to a good quality education without concern for cost. And I don’t believe it’s just the responsibility of the parents, but the responsibility of all, to make sure this happens.

In fact, I believe we should have fully funded education, pre-k through college graduation. Not to say that everyone needs or wants a college education. Some people will want community college, trade schools, etc… Everyone should have access to those.

Sorry grad students … graduate school is still on you. Though I do feel that we should continue to fund researchin the sciences, the arts, or whatever. There should be plenty of funding available in research institutions and academia to help fund projects that can better our world.

I would even go so far as to say that we have an obligation to re-education of our workforce to meet the demands of the times.

Keywords so far … good quality, equal access and free.

We are talking about the future of our country here, and the world. We’re not talking about short-term gain, but long-term commitment.

Our children deserve the best. They deserve teachers who are well funded, well paid, have the resources they need and are encouraged to provide the best quality education that they can. They are the teachers of our children and of our future. They deserve it.

Our Department of Education should be about educational excellence, conducting research into the best forms of education out there, learning new techniques, learning from educational programs around the world that work. We can learn from school systems all around the world, not just in this country. The department should be fighting for the rights of our children, not for the rights of corporations to make money off of the education of our children.

And there are simple things that we could do to get things rolling. Making sure our children have good quality meals, breakfast and lunch, that can be focused on improving their ability to learn. Nothing against cafeteria workers, they do the best with the crap that they are given. And some school systems are starting to greatly improve meal options for students. This needs to happen for all school districts, not just the ones who can afford it.

Until now, education has focused mainly on the “known” or content of knowledge. It has thus ignored the most fundamental component of learning, the “knower”. However, without a means to develop more than 5% – 10% of a student’s innate potential, no amount of information will ever produce truly educated, truly dynamic, or successful citizens.

We should be advocating for scientifically proven educational programs that can unfold the full creative potential of every student and produce ideal citizens capable of fulfilling their highest aspirations while contributing maximum to the progress of society. By harnessing America’s greatest resource–the unlimited creativity of our over 300 million citizens–we can bring fulfillment to education and ensure America’s competitiveness and continuing leadership in the family of nations.

One simple example is 20 minutes of quiet time in the morning when the student gets to school and in the afternoon before they leave for home. This has been proven to reduce stress levels in students and improve their ability to absorb information throughout the day. The student can spend this quiet time however they like, in meditation, in quiet prayer, resting, reading a good book … something that is relaxing.

The last few paragraphs should be familiar to some of you!

Unfortunately with the focus of the Trump Administration and Secretary Devos we are going in the wrong direction. We should be making sure everyone has equal access, not just for the privileged, but for everyone. Voucher systems have not worked in the past. If it can be proven that voucher systems can provide equal access to equally good education then I’m all for it. But what we have seen to date has not been the case. The voucher system has only been good for the privileged.

And we need to make sure that parents have the ability to participate in the education of their children, that they understand the importance of that participation. And by fully funding education we can help parents in this by removing the costs of education (as well as many other things that should happen to support parents, but that’s for a different post.)

As a taxpayer, as a voter, and more than that, as a compassionate global citizen, I am willing to do what it takes to make sure this happens. I’ll fight for it at the local level, the state level and the federal level.

Education is a right, not a privilege. We should all be working hard for the future of this country by supporting our future generations.

 

 

 

 

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