Currently our country fails to be included in the ranking of top 25 countries list. This in terms of primary education expenditure per student when measured as a percentage of per capita gross domestic product, nor do we make same list when it comes to funding teaching materials. If we as a nation are to maintain our position in the world today, we cannot accept falling behind some third world nations in terms of educational spending.
Because of my experience I believe it is necessary for our children to learn the basics of government and law. High School classes in basic subjects such as American Government and Criminal Law should be mandatory for graduation. These required classes would help insure our children are better and more active citizens as they move through society. After taking these classes they will understand the value of democracy and how powerful their vote can be.
Federal loan programs should be made available to anyone financially unable to attend college or professional school as long as the individual is academically qualified. These special programs should include a debt forgiveness clause as long as the original degree sort was completed and the individual was employed in his or her profession for a period of ten years or more. My theory is; the greater one's education is, the greater their earnings are, which results in more tax paid. The end result is; the taxpayer receives a free education, the government receives an excellent return on its investment resulting in a win-win situation for all.
To attract more good teachers requires better pay. Teachers are the key to our nation's future. Without good teachers in the classroom our children will surely fall behind and attracting them requires congress to allocate a greater percentage of our national budget for education. The federal government should provide these funds in the form of specific grants and the local school districts should administer them. If elected to Congress I would propose a federal plan to raise the teaching profession to a much higher level a level that would attract the finest academics. Without excellent teachers our children's future surely looks grim.