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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
David Dewhurst
George P. Bush
Greg Abbott
Julian Castro
Mike Rawlings
Rick Perry
TX Senatorial:
David Alameel
Emily Sanchez
John Cornyn
Jon Roland
Steve Stockman
Ted Cruz

Newly-elected Democrats taking office Jan.2015:
AZ-7: Rep.-Elect Ruben Gallego
CA-11:Rep.-Elect Mark DeSaulnier
CA-31:Rep.-Elect Pete Aguilar(R⇒D)
CA-33:Rep.-Elect Ted Lieu
CA-35:Rep.-Elect Norma Torres
FL-2: Rep.-Elect Gwen Graham(R⇒D)
HI-1: Rep.-Elect Mark Takai
MA-6: Rep.-Elect Seth Moulton
MI-12:Rep.-Elect Debbie Dingell
MI-14:Rep.-Elect Brenda Lawrence
NE-2: Rep.-Elect Brad Ashford(R⇒D)
NJ-12:Rep.-Elect Bonnie Coleman
NY-4: Rep.-Elect Kathleen Rice
PA-13:Rep.-Elect Brendan Boyle
VA-8: Rep.-Elect Donald Beyer
Seated in 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:Alma Adams(D)
NJ-1: Donald Norcross(D)
SC-1: Mark Sanford(R)
VA-7: Dave Brat(R)

Newly-elected Republicans taking office Jan.2015:
AR-2: Rep.-Elect French Hill
AR-4: Rep.-Elect Bruce Westerman
AL-6: Rep.-Elect Gary Palmer
CA-25:Rep.-Elect Steve Knight
CA-45:Rep.-Elect Mimi Walters
CO-4: Rep.-Elect Ken Buck
FL-26:Rep.-Elect Carlos Curbelo(D⇒R)
GA-1: Rep.-Elect Buddy Carter
GA-10:Rep.-Elect Jody Hice
GA-11:Rep.-Elect Barry Loudermilk
GA-12:Rep.-Elect Rick Allen(D⇒R)
IA-1: Rep.-Elect Rod Blum(D⇒R)
IA-3: Rep.-Elect David Young
IL-10:Rep.-Elect Robert Dold(D⇒R)
IL-12:Rep.-Elect Mike Bost(D⇒R)
More newly-elected Republicans taking office Jan.2015:
LA-5: Rep.-Elect Ralph Abraham
LA-6: Rep.-Elect Garret Graves
ME-2: Rep.-Elect Bruce Poliquin(D⇒R)
MI-4: Rep.-Elect John Moolenaar
MI-8: Rep.-Elect Mike Bishop
MI-11:Rep.-Elect Dave Trott
MN-6: Rep.-Elect Tom Emmer
MT-0: Rep.-Elect Ryan Zinke
NC-6: Rep.-Elect Mark Walker
NC-7: Rep.-Elect David Rouzer(D⇒R)
NH-1: Rep.-Elect Frank Guinta(D⇒R)
NJ-3: Rep.-Elect Tom MacArthur
NV-4: Rep.-Elect Cresent Hardy(D⇒R)
NY-1: Rep.-Elect Lee Zeldin(D⇒R)
NY-21:Rep.-Elect Elise Stefanik(D⇒R)
NY-24:Rep.-Elect John Katko
OK-5: Rep.-Elect Steve Russell
PA-6: Rep.-Elect Ryan Costello
TX-4: Rep.-Elect John Ratcliffe
TX-23:Rep.-Elect Will Hurd
TX-36:Rep.-Elect Brian Babin
UT-4: Rep.-Elect Mia Love(D⇒R)
VA-10:Rep.-Elect Barbara Comstock
WA-4: Rep.-Elect Dan Newhouse
WI-6: Rep.-Elect Glenn Grothman
WV-2: Rep.-Elect Alex Mooney
WV-3: Rep.-Elect Evan Jenkins(D⇒R)
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