Education and Environment
As an educator of fourteen years, no issue is closer to my heart than education. I believe in the importance of a quality education for every child. In our country, education has the potential to be the great equalizer---offering all children the opportunity to develop and pursue their dreams regardless of circumstance. Having taught alternative education and at risk youth, I see the ways our current system leaves them behind.
In order for education to work in the 21st century, it is long past time we reconsider the outdated models we are using today. Students should have greater freedom to tailor their educational experience to their goals, parents should be empowered to have their voices heard, and decisions concerning curriculum should be left to local school boards and communities, not bureaucrats, testing companies, and out of touch legislators.