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Scott Keller on Education

 


We need comprehensive education reform, not NCLB

What's needed is real comprehensive education reform, and this means child centered reform. We cannot continue squabbles over how to punish teachers or how to pay or not pay them or what school to send them to. NCLB aka No Child Left Behind Act is an example of what not to do, and has only lead to the worsening of our education system. We need to take responsibility for our mishandling of the education system; privatization is a cop out, and still isn't the true reform we need to see.
Source: Email interview on presidential race with OnTheIssues.org , Aug 18, 2011

Unfair to turn our schools into pulpit for any religion

Q: What is your opinion on the statement, "Teacher-led prayer in public schools"?

A: Opposed. I believe students should be allowed to pray if they wish, but I am a promoter of truth & fact-based teaching in schools. And I am a supporter and promoter of the first amendment--all of it. Religion of course can be taught, but it needs to be from an objective standpoint rather than a promotion of assumption to the same level as fact. Religious studies of a faith perspective need to be handled by parents and churches, not schools and governments. Schools and governments need to be only interested in facts and seeking the truth. It is fine for those who are religious to use their time to pray, but unfair, illegal, and unconstitutional to turn our schools into a bully pulpit for any or all religions, which is what would happen if we would allow school-sponsored or teacher led prayer.

Source: Email interview on presidential race with OnTheIssues.org , Aug 18, 2011

No privatization of education

Q: What is your opinion on the statement, "Parents choose schools via vouchers"?

A: Oppose. ALL schools should be equally good. The entire education system needs to be overhauled. Education needs to be fully customized, include all learning styles, be 100% free (which can be done while at the same time reducing federal taxes and shrinking federal government through a bit of innovation), be mastery based rather than time based, be self-paced and teacher facilitated in each subject, and be geared to help students go far beyond their teachers rather than it being a poor transfer of insufficient knowledge as it is now. Deciding to turn over America's education to privatization is a cop out, and still isn't the true reform we need to see.

Source: Email interview on presidential race with OnTheIssues.org , Aug 18, 2011

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