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Scott Keller on Education


Education, not reducation: help critical thinking

Q: Do you agree that "We need comprehensive education reform, not NCLB"?

A: True.

Q: Do you agree that it's "Unfair to turn our schools into pulpit for any religion"?

A: True.

Q: Do you agree with "No privatization of education"?

A: True. Actual stances in addition to the above:

Source: E-mail interview for 2014 House race with , Apr 11, 2013

Strongly opposes teacher-led prayer in public schools

Q: Your opinion on our VoteMatch statement, "Teacher-led prayer in public schools"?

A: Strongly oppose. Individual prayer sure, but not teacher led. Private schools can be any way they want. I believe that schools are for learning, not being preached to or indoctrinated. Not just against religion, but all social agendas.

Source: VoteMatch interview on 2014 House race with , Apr 10, 2013

Communitize instead of government control or privatization

Q: Your opinion on our VoteMatch statement, "Parents choose schools via vouchers"?

A: Another "no opinion", "none of the above", or "other approach". I oppose government control AND I oppose privatizing. Neither statism nor profiteering will help. I prefer "communitizing". Bring education local. The options I'd share would render the current education system obsolete and primitive.

Source: VoteMatch interview on 2014 House race with , Apr 10, 2013

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 , 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 , 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 , Aug 18, 2011

2012 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Education: Scott Keller on other issues:
TX Gubernatorial:
Annise Parker
David Dewhurst
Julian Castro
Mike Rawlings
Rick Perry
TX Senatorial:
David Alameel
Emily Sanchez
John Cornyn
Jon Roland
Steve Stockman
Ted Cruz

Left 113th Congress, 2013-2014:
AL-1: Jo Bonner(R,resigned)
FL-13:Bill Young(R,deceased)
FL-19:Trey Radel(R,arrested)
IL-2: Jesse L. Jackson(D,convicted)
LA-5: Rodney Alexander(R,resigned)
MA-5: Ed Markey(D,elected)
MO-8: Jo Ann Emerson(R,resigned)
NC-12:Mel Watt(D,appointed)
NJ-1: Rob Andrews(D,investigated)
SC-1: Tim Scott(R,appointed)

Newly-elected special elections 2013-2014:
AL-1: Bradley Byrne(R)
FL-13:David Jolly(R)
FL-19:Curt Clawson(R)
IL-2: Robin Kelly(D)
LA-5: Vance McAllister(R)
MA-5: Katherine Clark(D)
MO-8: Jason Smith(R)
NC-12: Pending Jul.15
NJ-1: Pending Nov.4
SC-1: Mark Sanford(R)
Won primary 2014:
GA-11:Barry Loudermilk(R)
MA-6 :Richard Tisei(R)
TX-4: John Ratcliffe(R)
VA-7: Dave Brat(R)

AL-6 :Gary Palmer(R)
AR-4 :Bruce Westerman(R)
CA-11:Mark DeSaulnier(R)
CA-33:Ted Lieu(D)
CA-35:Norma Torres(D)
CA-45:Mimi Walters(R)
CO-4 :Ken Buck(R)
GA-1 :Buddy Carter(R)
GA-10:Jody Hice(R)
IA-1 :Pat Murphy(D)
MI-4 :John Moolenaar(R)
MI-12:Debbie Dingell(D)
MI-14:Brenda Lawrence(D)
MN-6 :Tom Emmer(R)
NC-6 :Mark Walker(R)
NC-7 :David Rouzer(R)
NJ-12:Bonnie Watson Coleman(R)
NY-4 :Kathleen Rice(D)
OK-5 :Steve Russell(R)
PA-13:Brendan Boyle(D)
TX-36:Brian Babin(R)
UT-4 :Mia Love(R)
VA-8 :Don Beyer(D)

Retiring to run for Senate in 2014:
AR-4: Tom Cotton(R)
CO-4: Cory Gardner(R)
GA-1: Jack Kingston(R)
GA-10:Paul Broun(R)
GA-11:Phil Gingrey(R)
HI-1: Colleen Hanabusa(D)
IA-1: Bruce Braley(D)
LA-6: Bill Cassidy(R)
MI-14:Gary Peters(D)
MT-0: Steve Daines(R)
OK-5: James Lankford(R)
TX-36:Steve Stockman(R)
WV-2: Shelley Moore Capito(R)

Former Reps running for House in 2014:
CA-3: Doug Ose(R)
CA-31:Joe Baca(D)
HI-1: Charles Djou(R)
IL-10:Bob Dold(R)
IL-17:Bobby Schilling(R)
KS-4: Todd Tiahrt(R)
MI-4: Peter Konetchy(R)
MI-14:Hansen Clarke(D)
MS-4: Gene Taylor(D)
MT-0: Denny Rehberg(R)
NH-1: Frank Guinta(R)
NY-11:Vito Fossella(R)
NY-18:Nan Hayworth(R)
OH-7: John Boccieri(D)
PA-13:Marjorie Margolies(D)
TX-23:Francisco Canseco(R)
Lost primary 2014:
GA-11:Bob Barr(R)
MA-6: John Tierney(D)
TX-4: Ralph Hall(R)
VA-7: Eric Cantor(R)
MI-11:Kerry Bentivolio(R)

Retiring to run for State Office in 2014:
AR-2: Tim Griffin(R)
CA-35:Gloria McLeod(D)
ME-2: Mike Michaud(D)
PA-13:Allyson Schwartz(D)
VI-0: Donna Christensen(D)

Retiring effective Jan. 2015:
AL-6: Spencer Bachus(R)
AZ-7: Ed Pastor(D)
CA-11:George Miller(D)
CA-25:Howard McKeon(R)
CA-31:Gary Miller(R)
CA-33:Henry Waxman(D)
CA-45:John Campbell(R)
IA-3: Tom Latham(R)
MI-4: Dave Camp(R)
MI-6: Tom Petri(R)
MI-12:John Dingell(D)
MN-6: Michele Bachmann(R)
NC-6: Howard Coble(R)
NC-7: Mike McIntyre(D)
NJ-3: Jon Runyan(R)
NJ-12:Rush Holt(D)
NY-4: Carolyn McCarthy(D)
NY-21:Bill Owens(D)
PA-6: Jim Gerlach(R)
UT-4: Jim Matheson(D)
VA-8: James Moran(D)
VA-10:Frank Wolf(R)
WA-4: Doc Hastings(R)
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