“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Isn’t that what the American Dream is all about? An education should give a child the tools that he or she needs to ensure that they can realize their dreams. If kids believe they can accomplish their heart’s desires, and know that if they work hard they will be rewarded, then all of us will prosper both socially and economically. A quality education is the vehicle of American success. Do you think our schools are doing their job?
Additionally, the vitality of our country’s economy is linked to the quality of our education. The United States currently ranks 25th in mathematics out of 34 major countries, 17th in science, and 14th in reading skills. In Missouri nearly $5.2 billion in lifetime earnings was lost as a direct result of 20,000 students dropping out of high school. This is unacceptable. We must do better. What are your suggestions and ideas for keeping kids in high school?
Conversely, over an adult’s working life, a college degree doubles the earning potential compared to simply having a high school diploma. Many families cannot afford the cost of a college education. How can we make college more affordable?
As the federal government has become more involved in your children’s education, educational bureaucracy has grown. The requirements that this bureaucracy puts on teachers leaves them with less time for teaching. Do you think that the federal government should have a role in your child’s education? What changes need to be made so that your student has the best education in the world? As a parent do you feel your voice is heard?
Provide your thoughts in the form below and/or participate in the real-time discussion through social media.
The People's Ideas
“Over the years, I have seen the curriculum become narrower and narrower, so that it would reflect ONLY what was on the MAP test… In addition, those same MAP scores are based on the state standards, which the Fordham Institute has labeled as among the worst in the nation.” — Michael
“As a music teacher who is just starting out in the profession, I am deeply concerned by many trends I see in public education. As the federal government has increased its involvement in education, social problems in schools have increased and test scores have decreased. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the federal government has only increased their stranglehold on schools, putting severe limits on the ability of teachers in the classroom to decide how to teach their class.” — Joshua
“The American public school system is defrauding both the government and the people. State sovereignty needs to be returned to the states in the matter of education.” — Michael
The Steelman campaign is posting ideas and experiences from people just like you. Contribute your thoughts in the form above or via social media!