Which campaign issue
should be most fundamental -and therefore- the first one to be analyzed ?
Education is critical, not just to a nation, but
to humanity. Of all the education subjects that could be taught, I
will choose "scientific education" as the most
Other than for its cultural value, I do not believe
in "theocratic education".
And I would separate both
types as much as possible. With education people will have
better self-esteem, better opportunities, more population control on this
planet, and better understanding among all people.
We are becoming an information society where
all nations could have the same access to science and progress. Free-trade and
global investment will bring factories to those countries that can offer us a
better and less expensive product. Poorer countries will
have a chance to prosper as ever before. But, the critical investment all countries
need to do first should be: educating their citizens.
Having and edge in education will become even
more critical to America, and to all the developed countries.
This is so, because it is the best way to maintain the higher standard of
living we are accustomed to. It is very likely that more manufacturing jobs
will continue migrating overseas to those places where labor is cheap.
If I am
elected, I will dedicate a great deal
of my efforts to make higher education even more reachable to our students.
Student loans should be available to
all those who wish to further their careers.
The number of grants and scholarships should
be dramatically increased.
Federal student loans should be interest
free. Some of those loans should be automatically converted to
scholarships when a
student graduates in the top 5% of his/her class.
Internships of graduate students in
high-tech companies shall be promoted.
The US Government should become even more
involved in research projects at many universities.
Our Government should also issue more industrial
awards to hi-tech companies as recognition to their technological
leadership, and as incentive for more excellence.
Our pioneering position in nuclear
sciences, bio-cell engineering, space exploration, mathematics, physics,
chemistry, and the environment, shall not be lost.
In my opinion it is time to start
shifting student incentives -from sports and physical education
subjects- into sciences. We have enough baseball and football
teams. We need more science teams. And we need glory for those high
achievers, instead of being perceived by their peers as nerds.
What should be the HOT issue in Education?
I do not think
so! To look at the answer go to Page: "Visas".
Or "seeing light at the end
of the tunnel" (hidden in there is the REAL problem with our Education
We are becoming an information and free-trade
society. You can hamper progress, but you can not stop it for long.
It has a life on itself. Jobs will be created -mostly- in those countries
where either (1) technological education is above average to the rest of
the world, or (2) labor is efficient (or cheap) and their products are
-therefore- less costly.
It is unavoidable that investment -if allow free flow- it
would go to those countries that offer economic advantage to the business
owners. An educated labor force will help maintain jobs in America,
that otherwise they will move to Asia or Latin America.
The solution is NOT "care free immigration" of
foreign workers into America. Followed by a policy of "giving a blind eye
look" to their
visas (as our Government does these days), and allow them to stay as "illegal" immigrants. So they will work for half the minimum
salary, and no benefits. Even if that were a solution, it is not fair and humane to
do so. Therefore, we Americans should not tolerate it.
The solution IS proper academic education of the masses.
Including the children of those who probably will not leave the country (illegal
aliens residing here almost as "permanent" immigrants),
otherwise their children will be scarred for live.
Although it would be convenient for teachers and students,
I do not think we can have quality education without feedback control,
and correction. These means that despite the pain, anxiety and
insecurity that test-exams bring, I think there has to be national standards
for students and teachers. Those who do not pass
the exams, have to be retrained or moved to a lower level group of academic
achievers, not to hamper or undermine the progress of those who have better
academic aptitude. But no student or teacher should be abandoned or
pressure beyond their capabilities. We should strife to have them reach
their full potential. And we should make sure there are opportunities at
TO PAY FOR 'PRIVATE' EDUCATION .-
| I am aware this is a non-issue now, since our
House and Senate agreed with the
President on a compromise-bill on education.
However, out of honesty
I write down my positioning on this issue, well aware that I diverge
many of Democrats on this issue, just in case that this topic
comes again to light in future years. On these paragraphs you would be
able to see the "why" of my positioning on this issue.
As per the first postulate of my tax
doctrine, it should be a right of a taxpayers to
get back some of the tax paid to their Federal/State Government and to their School District for
education, when they feel that education does not measure up to the academic
needs of their children.
Of course, the best course of action would be to provide high-quality
public education. Removing funds to public schools would be an incentive to
educators to catapult the quality of their service.
They will have to struggle to improve academic programs, and shine the
brilliancy of their professorate, so as to keep the
students -voluntarily- in their public schools.
In principle, Public Schools should even be allowed to
offer courses at a cost to students. I know, it sounds like a
blasphemy. First, you might say, if they start charging for something,
pretty soon we are not going to have free public education at all.
Even if we put in place strict controls to avoid the creeping up of fees from
happening, we could have a double standard where there will be those fortunate,
and those who can not afford the services and -therefore- will be unfortunate
Definitely, it is costly and inconvenient for a family to have to send their
children to a school that is farther away, and where they will have to confront tuition
costs, instead of free education. It would be pain added to injury if we were not to compensate them
(if they feel the public school is endangering the professional future of their
children). This meets the "better service" requirement of the
second postulate of the tax
It should -therefore- be their right to get a "voucher" to help
pay the cost. And it is only fair, because they paid property taxes (and
a good portion of it goes to pay for public education).
But, why anybody would have a need to take his children out to a
"private" school? only because over there they have additional
programs? Yes, perhaps piano or guitar lessons, perhaps more advanced
courses in computer sciences, regardless.
My point is , if a Public School perceives that many
students are leaving to "private" because of lack of teaching
particular discipline/subject (that would be very expensive if to be offered
"free" to all those interested) then the Public School should be
allowed to offer those "culprit" courses at a cost.
Those courses could even be fully cost for some, and subsidized for other
students (depending on academic factors), as to get more enrollment.
The question then is: how much the voucher should cover?
Well, we do not want to cannibalize the public education
system, by extracting an unreasonable amount of funds (the total of all
"vouchers" issued to departing students). If anything,
would be desirable to correct the shortcomings of the system, rather than aggravate
the situation. After all, the public education system is providing a
reasonably adequate service to the rest of students, including those from poor
and indigent families that have to have -as well- a guarantee to an adequate public education.
The last postulate of the doctrine
clearly indicates that no 100% of educational apportionment (of the total
property tax, and corresponding portion of the Federal and State taxes) will
be refunded on a voucher. Therefore, it would be to the Government
agencies, and statisticians to decide that on a national/state/county level.
Moreover, that rate to be established should -perhaps- should not be changed for some time,
say 5 or 6 years. So, we do not have to go with these costly socio-economic
analyses every year, all over again.