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7 Ways Romney’s Education Plan Would Destroy America’s Public Schools

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As if that were not enough, Diane Ravitch, writing in The New York Review of Books, notes:

Paradoxically, Romney’s campaign takes credit for the fact that Massachusetts leads the nation in reading and mathematics on the federal tests known as National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

But Romney was not responsible to the state’s academic success, which is owing to reforms that are entirely different from the ones he is now proposing for the country (my italics). Signed into law a full decade before Romney began his tenure as governor in 2003, the Massachusetts Education Reform Act involved a commitment by the state to double state funding of public education from $1.3 billion in 1993 to $2.6 billion by 2000; to provide a minimum foundation budget for every district to meet its needs, to develop strong curricula for subjects such as science, history, the arts, foreign languages, mathematics, and English; to put into effect a testing program based on the curriculum; to expand professional development for teachers; and to test would-be teachers. In the late 1990s – again, before Romney assumed office – the state added new funds for early childhood education.

Candidate Romney should explain how privatizing the way we school our children will further his goal of “restoring the promise of American education.”

Here’s what John Adams had to say about public education (with thanks again to Diane Ravitch):

“The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people, and must be willing to bear the expenses of it.. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves.”

Message to candidate Romney from an experienced educator: Restoring American education means supporting public schools, not destroying them.

What do you think?

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12:21PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

I don't agree with how Mitt Romney is going about education reform, but I do understand where he is coming from. Our educational system has become ridiculously secular and immoral. Students are graduating from high school who can't even read, and since they have removed religion from school, students aren't learning ethics. You can complain all you want about religion in school, but unfortunately secularism offers nothing to students for teaching ethics. Instead they teach students to follow the letter of the law. Not because it's the right thing to do but because it's the legal thing to do. Unfortunately this does nothing, since if he people do not believe in the law they break it anyway. Many parents are opting to put their children in private schools, however the cost of those schools are very high and most parents have no other option except public schools. I'm jewish, for example. I do not want my kids going to a school where they will eat non kosher food and be taught that G-d is a figment of their imagination and that are traditions are worthless, and unless they give them up then they are stupid retards. I had to deal with that crap in public school when I was a kid and I would hate to put my kids through that. I do not agree with anything else Mitt Romney wants to do, but federal funding for private schools does sound like a good idea. Let the secularists have their free, and low bar education. The secularists got want they wanted, now their complaining about how une

10:17PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Here's my favorite YouTube Video of Romney butts run for the presidency.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=tjRwqMrg90c&NR=1

10:14PM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

Romney/ Ryan want to destroy America and OUR Democracy and enact the Koch Brother's Empire!!!!..................VOTE OBAMA 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11:34PM PDT on Sep 4, 2012

Sounds pretty scary to me

3:22PM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

His ideas for education are completely back-assward. I hope for everyone's sake he doesn't win...

2:16PM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

He's got to be joking. If this is honestly what he believes in, then I don't agree in any of his views

8:09AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

American educations are getting more unaffordable, yet less exportable! Vote for Mitt Romney for proven losers like charter schools, cookbook curricula, and commercial colleges (they've already skimmed millions from government grants and loans). Teachers and their unions have helped us build a high-performing school-system here in Canada. Tell your politicians that standardized testing has left many children behind, and education is a vital resource for national security.

12:44PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Sounds like a great plan to place middle class and impoverished students to the bottom of the pile of global education levels. A vote for Rmoney/Ryan is a vote for a billionaire like Adelson or the KOCHroach brothers, duped repugliscum voters are being conned to vote for a radical right wing agenda that places their lives at the bottom of the rubbish heap of society, and they don't get it.

2:01AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

I stand by it romney the twit got another twit as vp running mate both belong in the garbage pale of history, but b4 that romney the twit needs to be sentenced in the courts for tax evasion and that money can be put to pay down some of the national debt.

6:57PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Donna F. Very witty. I like that.

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