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rkaiulani
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What do parents think need to be addressed in the education system?

The presidential candidates are talking about a lot of things, but with education being such an important issue for parents, they haven't seemed to say enough. What do parents think need to be addressed in the education system, and which candidate do you think best represents the right ideas?
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andrewk
Feb 4, 2008
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"School Vouchers" is a big issue that separates the candidates:  McCain (like Bush) supports vouchers, while Obama and Clinton are against vouchers.   Vouchers essentially allow parents to spend federal education dollars toward private schools even though private schools still get to decide who they will admit (and more importantly, who they will not admit), and even though private schools are not held accountable to the public in any way (no required standards or tests).  The result?  More money for private schools that predominantly serve the wealthy and easier (i.e. more profitable) kids;  less money for public schools and a disproportionately high percentage of difficult to educate kids in public schools.   This is a dangerous, slippery slope.  From a selfish point of view, some parents of kids who can get into private schools will be thrilled to have a discount (and private schools with scholarship programs can spend that money elsewhere).  But from a community point of view, are we strengthening our country by widening the academic and social gap between the haves and have-nots?  Just another example of the policies that help the rich get richer, while the poor have limited choices.   The sad part if that many wealthy people don't realize the importance of public education for all until they have a child with a disability, and they discover how private schools can pass on Special Education kids since they are less profitable.

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michaelbartone
michaelbart... writes:
I noticed that too about the federal/non-federal role. I believe that there should be a mixture. If we leave it up to the local authorities, namely states and local school boards, then many kids will be left behind. I believe that the federal government should lay forth  a set of national standards. Therefore if a child moves from state to state or district to district, then they will not be lost as to what is being learned. It would also allow for a better assessment and a better judge of comparing students. Looking at Senator Clinton's stance on the issues, as outlined in the article today, she has a great vision for our children and where the education system will go under her administration. It will be very interesting to see how similar or different she is from Senator Obama and Senator McCain.

Finally, as we have known from the past, state and local governments won't always cover every citizen, federal laws have had to be implemented. Something to think about.
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Danielle
Danielle , Parent writes:
We have a series running right now on what each of the candidates has said publicly on key educational issues. Today we are running Clinton and Romney's views on the homepage: www.education.com. Tomorrow we will run Obama and McCain, and we will run Huckabee on Monday. Whatever your political leanings, make sure you read up on what each candidate has to say about education! It's important.
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zenfather
zenfather writes:
They've been telling us that education in this country is the best in the world. how is it that our student ranking is falling compare to other nations?

Investment in defense is far beyond the investment in education and health (maybe even combined) there is no proportion.
No one has the guts to say something against the defense secretary and all the war lords.
because if you say that you'll cut in the defense budget, they will single you out as weak candidate. when it is actually on the contrary in my mind. It is easy to cut the education budget and health budget, what will they (the people) do? nothing!

The nations strength is in young intellect.
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smitchel87
smitchel87 writes:
First the government needs to get out of the education business.  It is not part of their charter!  Also,  you've left a candidate out.  Why have you not listed Ron Paul?  I understand he's a long shot, but he does have a message that appeals to some of us!
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HeatherPeterson124
HeatherPete... writes:
Parents play an important role in their children's educational needs. They need to voice out their opinions on matters that will make the education system more accessible and more effective to their kids. With the help of technology, many students are now taking up online phd in education.

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