As the chronically underfundedÂ Californian public school system faces the imminent threat of havingÂ one whole month sliced out of their calendar, owing to massive budgetÂ cuts expected in the state education budget, other public schoolsÂ across the country continue to grapple with their own set ofÂ problems, including violence, absenteeism, drug abuse and a myriad ofÂ other issues.
As politicians from both sets of theÂ divide continue with their rhetoric and drum beatings in their searchÂ of a magic pill could resolve the ever burgeoning crisis affectingÂ the national education sector, our youths have quietly, but surely,Â fallen down the ladder among the developed nations. A recent testÂ discovered that American children are ranked 25th inÂ Mathematics and 21st in Science among their foreign peers,Â while literacy levels remain unchanged since the first survey wasÂ taken way back in 1971. Our failing education policy will be one ofÂ the most watched issues in the presidential race.
â€˘ I amÂ passionate about education, believing it is the solution to many of our social and economic problems.
â€˘Â I believes that teachers should be paid extra for their experience.
â€˘ Raise teacher salaries and cut bureaucracy.
â€˘ Create partnerships with businesses to link students to careers and higher education and give them a real goal that they can see.
â€˘ Give teacher and students access to newest technology and individual attention.