Educators are starting to realize that our federal government does not trust them. They are tired of the interference. We must treat our nation’s educators as professionals. We must allow teachers to control their classrooms and their curriculum. We must allow them to do the job that they were hired to do – teach.
Ken believes that we must get rid of teaching to the test and Common Core.
The new NEA President, Lily Eskelsen García, agrees. She was quoted as saying – “Teachers, administrators and everybody else involved should ignore bad school reform policy and do “the right thing” for kids. “Don’t you dare,” she said, ” let someone tell you not to do that Shakespeare play because it’s not on the achievement tests. Whether they [reformers] have sinister motives or misguided honest motives, we should say, ‘We are not going to listen to you anymore. We are going to do what’s right.’”
One-size-fits-all central planning simply does not work.
For Ken, it really is all about the children, that’s why he supports our educators and he also supports home school parents.
In many cases, homeschooling families must forgo the second income of one parent, as well as incur the costs of paying for textbooks, computers, and other school supplies.
And with combined taxes taking almost 50 percent of the average family’s income, there is little left over for low and middle-class parents to consider other educational opportunities.
Ken wants parents to have the freedom to choose the best educational options for their children, and he is commited to ensuring homeschooling remains a practical alternative for American families.
Ken will vote against any legislation that encroaches on homeschooling parents’ rights.