I call my educational plan ‘Cradle to Career’! Education is key to successful employment, good wages, the opportunity to work at a job you want, and to achieving your goals and dreams. And it’s proven that early childhood education is essential. Children begin learning much earlier than many people think – so their education should begin early as well.
Our economy benefits from an educated work-force, so why can’t our economy invest in education?! If we support education, from ‘cradle to career’, we know this investment will be paid for many times over, by the hard work and productivity of the people working, paying taxes, buying & selling, and contributing to our economy.
For too long, the perception has been that everyone must have a four-year degree to be successful, or must find whatever employment they can with only a high school diploma, as though there were no other alternatives. Focusing only on the promise of a free four-year college degree for all is expensive, limits options, and ignores the many millions of people who have a different calling.
As a brief overview, my educational vision is;
- Early education for all children.
- Uniformity in the curriculum so that children throughout the US can compete equally for colleges and jobs anywhere in the nation.
- High expectations for teacher qualifications, but also appropriate compensation for them so that we can retain qualified teachers while creating an attractive environment for recruiting new teachers.
- Last few years of high school expose children to, and prepare them for, educational andand career choices, helping them to define their path in life, whether it be college or some vocational interest.
- Partnership between the federal government and the states to provide affordable access to employment and career-training opportunities, including vocational training, certificate programs, two-year and four-year degree programs and beyond.
- Partnerships between educational institutions and businesses and industries to develop educational tracks that are specific to current needs of the market, so that students can get a job after graduating from high school.
- Educational tax incentives and private/public partnerships to encourage businesses and industries to invest money and resources into partnering with secondary and post-secondary educational programs.
- Lower costs of education at state and participating private and non-profit universities, colleges, and junior colleges that opt in to this program.
- Reduction and elimination of student debt for those who participate in the Community Service Payback Program – Pay it forward to pay it back. This would be similar to current Title 1 programs.
Our economy benefits from an educated work-force, so why can’t our economy invest in education?
Student loan debt is currently at almost $1.6 trillion, higher than current auto loan debt (currently at $1.13 trillion) and credit card debt ($1.04 trillion). I know people who have student loan payments that exceed $1100 per month – imagine if that money was being spent into our economy instead of banks?
See the Student Load Debt Issue Page