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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 OnTheIssues.org , 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 OnTheIssues.org , 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 OnTheIssues.org , 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 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

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



Lame-duck session 2012:
KY-4: Thomas Massie(R)
MI-11:Dave Curson(D)
NJ-9: Donald Payne Jr.(D)
WA-1: Suzan DelBene(D)

Re-seated Former Reps:
AZ-1: Ann Kirkpatrick(D)
AZ-5: Matt Salmon(R)
FL-8: Alan Grayson(D)
IL-11:Bill Foster(D)
NH-1: Carol Shea-Porter(D)
NV-3: Dina Titus(D)
NY-24:Dan Maffei(D)
TX-36:Steve Stockman(R)

2013 Resignations and Replacements:
AL-1:Jo Bonner(R,resigned)
AL-1:Bradley Byrne(R,Dec.2013)
IL-2:Jesse Louis Jackson(D,resigned)
IL-2:Robin Kelly(D)
MA-5:Ed Markey(D,to Senate)
MA-5:Katherine Clark(D,Dec.2013)
MO-8:Jo Ann Emerson(R,resigned)
MO-8:Jason Smith(R,elected June 2013)
SC-1:Tim Scott(R,resigned)
SC-1:Mark Sanford(R)
SC-1:Elizabeth Colbert-Busch(D)
Newly-elected Democrats:
AZ-9: Kyrsten Sinema
CA-2: Jared Huffman
CA-7: Ami Bera
CA-15:Eric Swalwell
CA-24:Julia Brownley
CA-29:Tony Cardenas
CA-35:Gloria Negrete McLeod
CA-36:Raul Ruiz
CA-41:Mark Takano
CA-47:Alan Lowenthal
CA-51:Juan Vargas
CA-52:Scott Peters
CT-5: Elizabeth Esty
FL-18:Patrick Murphy
FL-22:Lois Frankel
FL-26:Joe Garcia
HI-2: Tulsi Gabbard
IL-8: Tammy Duckworth
IL-10:Brad Schneider
IL-12:Bill Enyart
IL-17:Cheri Bustos
MD-6: John Delaney
MA-4: Joe Kennedy III
MI-5: Dan Kildee
MN-8: Rick Nolan
NV-4: Steven Horsford
NH-2: Annie Kuster
NM-1: Michelle Lujan-Grisham
NY-5: Grace Meng
NY-10:Hakeem Jeffries
NY-18:Sean Maloney
OH-10:Joyce Beatty
PA-17:Matt Cartwright
TX-16:Beto O`Rourke
TX-20:Joaquin Castro
TX-23:Pete Gallego
TX-33:Marc Veasey
TX-34:Filemon Vela
WA-6: Derek Kilmer
WA-10:Denny Heck
WI-2: Mark Pocan
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AR-4: Tom Cotton
CA-1: Doug LaMalfa
CA-21:David Valadao
CA-41:Paul Cook
FL-3: Ted Yoho
FL-6: Ron DeSantis
FL-19:Trey Radel
GA-9: Doug Collins
IL-15:Rodney Davis
IN-2: Jackie Walorski
IN-5: Susan Brooks
IN-6: Luke Messer
KY-6: Andy Barr
MI-11:Kerry Bentivolio
MO-2: Ann Wagner
MT-0: Steve Daines
NY-26:Chris Collins
NC-8: Richard Hudson
NC-9: Robert Pittenger
NC-11:Mark Meadows
NC-13:George Holding
ND-0: Kevin Cramer
OH-2: Brad Wenstrup
OH-14:Dave Joyce
OK-1: Jim Bridenstine
OK-2: Markwayne Mullin
PA-4: Scott Perry
PA-12:Keith Rothfus
SC-7: Tom Rice
TX-14:Randy Weber
TX-25:Roger Williams
UT-2: Chris Stewart
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