The Republican Candidates’ Views on Education – Should We Do Away with the Department of Education?
The reason I chose to read this particular blog is that it influences the people who have the greatest pull in deciding how the education system (in which I to work one day) should be run. We need to know as much as we can about potential presidents before they take even one step into Washington DC. I'm not saying that I know everything about Obama, but I am very pleased with all that he's done, especially considering what was dropped in his lap by a certain ex-president.
As we know, the Education Department is in charge of "establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, distributing and monitoring those funds, collecting data on America’s schools and disseminating research, focusing national attention on key educational issues, and prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education" (Wells, 2012). Susan Wells make a good point about the Department Education needing reform ( or as I like to call it a "smack across the face"). In this economic downturn, Wells says, "Teachers, in fear for their jobs, teach to the test and don’t always encourage free thinking and discovery. There isn’t time or money for centers, science, art or music. Teachers are forced to drop engaging and fun learning lessons in exchange for strict math and reading lessons."
As i was reading some of the presidential candidates' comments on whether to keep the Department of Education, some quotes caught my eye. For instance, this one by Newt Gingrich, who believes that we as educators, should focus our curriculum on a more patriotic view instead of multiculturalistic view. I do not like that idea. I feel that everyone should have a wider appreciation of every culture in this world, not just their own.. Coming from a background that is very rich in American, South Asian, and South American cultures, it is very important (I feel) that everyone has the opportunity to explore the world through the cultures that are around him or her. The one candidate I felt had at least one good point to make was Mitt Romney, who stated that he was against schools inflicting specific religious practices or prayer
in schools. Instead Romney stressed teaching the importance of
'economics and family values" (Wells, 2012). There were many things that Romney said that I did not agree with, but I believe that teaching the importance of money management and family value is worth doing.
Overall this was a good blog, and I feel that it has a lot to do with our class. It is very informative and gives insights into the minds of Republican candidates.