Diary

Issues: Obama's Education Policy a.k.a. the Impossible Dream

I decided to really start researching each candidate’s policies tonight after a conversation with a friend. I realized that I couldn’t really define why I wouldn’t vote for Obama. So I decided to go the issues, and I focused on Education first.

A little background first: I have grown up with a mother that teaches in a low-income public school in West Texas and I have struggled as a college student in recent years. I am also a single parent of a two-year-old that is well on her way to reading by the age of 4. Needless to say, the future of Education in this country is foremost on my mind. I began to read Obama’s policy and I have to admit it is impressive…. If only it could happen…. Now, I won’t pick it apart word for word, but I will include the link do you cna read it for yourself.

Early Education:

First, he talks about giving grants to needy families for children to access childcare and education for infants and toddlers. I begin to wonder, who will qualify and how much paperwork am I going to fill out to see that I don’t

Then he talks about expanding Head Start and Pre-K programs to “the neediest families” Again more paperwork

I also glance over the plan and I see figures looking like $250 billion dollars, and increasing the child tax credit for low-income families, and I get all excited, but then I have to wonder :”How can we fund this”

McCain believes in measurable standards and isn’t making any promises that seem too unlikely. No major grants that probably won’t pan out or will end up costing more in taxes so we really can’t use them.

Teachers:

Barack wants to compensate America’s teachers. All well and good, but how is he going to do it? He will impose a career ladder system. My mother experienced a similar system in her early career, and it was a VERY flawed system set up to reward teachers based upon subjective evaluations by principals and upper district bueracrats who rewarded those that had ties to the community (or were coaches wives in West Texas).

McCain wants to use No Child Left Behind’s standards to pay teachers directly for improved scores and student performance (a much better gauge to measure a teacher’s performance, as in business, how much harder does one work when they know they get a bonus at the end?)

Higher Education:

Both McCain and Obama want to help higher education funding, but Obama is truly losing his mind on this one.

Obama wants to give a grant that will cover the first $4,000 of all tuition (making it free), but students have to serve 100 hours of community service each year. Now, my tuition is about $4000 each semester alone, but books are a different story. Is this credit per year? Again, who will qualify under Obama’s plan? I had to wait until I was 24 before I got the Pell Grant. Would I have had to wait that long for this one, or better yet, until I got married (that’s the current system)

McCain agian isn’t making these great promises (which could prove badly in the election), but he is promising ot make things easier so that more students can find aid without raising blood pressure. He is also promising to limit the restrictions on schools. That alone will make things better for us all…

Now, I could go on and on about this, but I think I would start to lose my mind, and I have to get up early with my daughter and go to school…

When it comes to Obama’s Education policy, remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is…

Here are the links to each policy:McCain’s Education Policy

Obama’s Policy