GO VOTE!

Ummm, if you do not know what day it is and you live in America, please turn on your television. Today, my friends, is Election Day – the day we figure out who will run our country for the next for years. Over the course of this process, I have talked about the issue of education and the different views of each candidate. However there are so many topics to take into consideration when going to vote. Issues such as fracking, immigration, healthcare, and energy should have been looked into. 

As citizens of the United States of America, exercise your right and go out. You may think that your vote does not count, I’d like to differ. Every vote – EVERY VOTE – counts. Don’t believe the polls, get out and vote; your vote will definitely matter this year. Regardless of what you believe and who supports your beliefs, please go out and vote. I cannot stress enough how important your vote it.  

If Romney fails to carry Florida, North Carolina and Virginia, the election will be over early. If he does take those early swing states, all eyes will be on Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado, Iowa and New Hampshire. Similarly, ​​Obama made campaign stops in Wisconsin and Ohio, before holding a final rally in Iowa, the state that gave him his first primary victory in his historic 2008 White House campaign.

Update: Early voting (thirty million votes) is in the favor of President Obama over GOP Mitt Romney, but it can still be anybody’s game.  

 

In order to Vote, a person must be:

  1. be a United States citizen;
  2. be 18 years old by December 31 of the year in which you file this form
  3. live at your present address at least 30 days before an election;
  4. not be in jail or on parole for a felony conviction and;
  5. not claim the right to vote elsewhere.

 

—– GO VOTE!

Theory Post.

The education issue this election year is on the high because of all the strong (and weak) points that each candidate possesses in his reform plan. Where both candidates agree on adding more charter schools, they undoubtedly disagree on the way money should be given out.  Each candidate has a very different view of education and what our nation’s policies should be  to make our education system stronger and more robust.  Overall, if I had to pick one candidate’s reform plan, it would be Obama’s; I personally am fond of the benefits his plan offers because they not only involve students but parents and teacher too. Election Day, being a week away, I plan on doing a lot more research on each candidate though and I may change my mind based on what I find.

Let’s Get Educated – Obama’s A+ Plan

Recently I’ve noticed that I really have not been making a clear argument or stating a claim as well as I should. One concern about the education reform that many people have is how will it affect us in the long run? Most people are unaware of the advantages and disadvantages of each party’s education reform plan.  I, personally, would like to dwell on this topic for the next few blog posts. Most of my earlier posts have touched brief on Obama’s plan in regards to education for everyone and the cost of education – I want to focus on a few other initiatives that are presented by Obama’s reform plan.

Education reform does not only affect the children and students in school, but also the parents, the teachers, and many others in the sector. Obama’s education plan has many advantages to it – such as low student rates and improved testing measures. With the reform that Obama wants to have on education, the main focus will be on improving public education; higher standards and finer testing methods. This year will be a landmark year in public education as 45 of the 50 states as well as three U.S. territories have now adopted and will begin implementing of the Common Core Standards in the American classroom.

Obama plans on focusing and giving individual attention to those school that have the lowest rates of performance. In earlier posts, I have mentioned Obama’s reform on No Child Left Behind – in which focus on recognizing growth and improvement is more important than overall performance scores.

Another initiatives that Obama’s plan incorporates are improving parental involvementin education. The plan calls for more activities, events and programs in which parents can be involved with their children’s education path. Similarly, the reform calls for modification in technology; keeping the future in mind, Obama’s reform plan plans on educating current students with modern technology thus when introduced to the job market, they are fully prepared.

In this post, I have only mentioned the positivity of Obama’s education reform, however I’m not forgetting about the negatives nor am I forgetting about Romney’s education plan. Look forward to more posts about negatives of Obama’s plan and the pros and cons of Romney’s plan.

 

 

UPDATE – NOVEMBER 6TH: DUE TO THE ELECTION – I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE POSTS ABOUT THE OTHER VIEWS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA AS WELL AS GOP MITT ROMENY. THUS, I APOLOGIZE.

Education has it’s issues.

The growing demand for higher education has been noted both by population growth in the US and by the ever-changing job markets. College degrees and numerous forms of postsecondary honors have increased in their importance for the
individual, and eventually determine life-long income years down the road.

Education is such a big issue in this election because it is linked to the finance sector in our government. Student loans have overtaken credit cards in the race as the largest amount of debt American citizens owe. The cost of higher education will continue to be an important issue in this campaign because in a country like ours, obtaining a higher education is the dream of the current generation and the generations to precede.

It is known to all how expensive education can be both in the K-12 and postsecondary sectors. Annually, education accounts for 6 to 8 percent of the dollar value of the nation’s total annual production of goods and services – gross domestic product (GDP). Since the 1980s, tax limitations, charter schools, fee waivers and demands for greater market have played a key role in the policy agenda and will continue to due to the millions of lives affected by this matter.

Loans would not necessarily be so problematic if students graduated, gained employment and paid back their loans. However, with the growing demand for higher education, there is a growing demand for jobs. The job market, in return, has to be selective  – for they want the best in their line of work. Competition arises and establishing a position at any work place becomes difficult.

In all reality, money will always be an issue when engaging in a conversation about education.

“How will you pay for college?”

“How many years will it take to cover the cost of your education?”

“What is the interest rate for the loans?”

Questions like these arise everyday among thousands of households, classrooms, and even over coffee. Education has many issues within it that need to be looked into before making any sort of decision – especially when the decision comes to the next President of the United States of America.

– To learn about the views of the candidates, visit the earlier posts on this blog.

Who to Choose?

Let’s break it down; crack the code. Education is one of the foundations of this country.  A well-educated civilian knows the difference between ignorance and arrogance. The reason it is so important in this – and any – election is because the prosperity of our nation is at stake as well as the issue of the federal debt and tax money. This blog post has been created to research and allow other civilians to form their own opinions for their future President regarding the issue of education. Each candidate and party has a different view on the educational sector in this political debate. The posterity of America – the young adults – will now have to decide.

Both candidates support investing in education, but their ideals and routes are different when it comes to long-term goals. Obama states that he will make higher education more attainable whereas Romney wants to place emphasis on promoting choice and innovation in education. 

President Obama has given states freedom from the barriers of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) education law, while his opponent, Mitt Romney says he supports the Bush-era law and will continue to build on it. 

President Obama has talked about the pre-existing plan, No Child Left Behind Plan Obama claims that it has been underfunded and that those that come from different backgrounds have difficulty in getting through school. Obama plans on working with his plan, Race to the Top – which does not set highly specific federal standards on schools. Placing more focus on supplying critical support to younger children and their parents, Obama encourages early care and education for infants.

Romney would make changes to recruiting teachers in the No Child Left Behind Plan. Romney’s education plan suggests assigning money to directly to the needed individuals rather than the schools and their districts. Romney has mentioned his plan – A Chance for Every Child – which will be focused on restoring a promising American education. Romney says that his plan will ensure the economic status of the nation. A Chance for Every Child will put the matter and well being of parents and students ahead of special interests and concerns.

Other candidates, beside Mitt Romney, also have a lot to say about education and the No Child Left Behind Plan.

Regardless of the completely opposite views on most things, both candidates have similar views on one topic; violence and education. Mostly avoiding the question, both candidates claimed that by getting a better education, children are less likely to engage in violent acts. There are many citizens that oppose the ideas and views of both candidates regarding this topic; some call it “gibberish.”

Though the elections are mostly about the candidates and their platforms, this year’s election has states all around the nation in confusion due to the education sector of each of the platforms. Because it is such a highly discussed topic, the effect of the election will affect  schools, institutions and colleges around the country. 

Both candidates have strong and weak points in their ideas for the education for this country. In the end, it will depend on how educated our audience is when the go to cast their ballots. 

 

To Clarify

Recently, a few of my readers have brought up their perspectives on my last post. I guess I should clarify as to what I had originally wanted to say. I did mention that parents want higher education for their children, however I did not realized that the percentage of students actually abiding by those dreams was as low as it is. 

In reality, money is the answer to everything. Our nation lacks the determination in students to want to go to school and get a higher education. I feel that those few who do fall outside of the category should be rewarded for their hard work and perseverance. I also feel that, many people consider themselves not “good enough” to go to school – this may be either family issue or income problem. There are so many reasons that cause hindrances in getting an education. 

Currently, I support President Obama’s point of view and feel that regardless, everyone should have the resources and necessities to attend school. An education is highly important in the economy today, and if we stop people from attending school because they can’t afford it, then the prosperity of our nation will dwindle.

At the moment though, I really need to do more research on this topic and develop a strong basis of knowledge about both candidates and their platforms. Hopefully come election time, I shall have a good enough foundation to vote for the right person and the the right reasons.  

 

*This website shows an issue about if minorities deserve more than the rest of the people. If you get a chance, please check it out. 

Knowledge is Power

To be educated, is to know how to differentiate between facts and opinions. An educated vote could, in the long run, determine the outcome of the election. But, let’s stray away from politics for a moment and focus on the importance of obtaining an education.

An education is an ideal perspective that most parents have when their children are born. Most parents want their children to be successful and live better lifestyles than themselves. The posterity  of our nation could not survive without education – for this world thrives on new information, new technology, and new ideas. Reality is that, not every child is getting the education that they are entitled to. Our nation may seem more successful to other countries, however when it comes down to education – we are all in the same boat.

The fact that today’s students are tomorrow’s leader becomes a topic of distress when in actuality the future of about 35% of the next generation will be jeopardized because they have not received the education they need to pursue a career. Education is an important issue that many people just take for granted. Five decades after Brown vs. Board of Education, this nation still has a lot of work to do so that all children are ensured equal access to a top-class education.

Time to bring politics back into this. To show that this is not a one sided blog, the following views the ideas of the Republican party. The 2012 GOP education platform claims that “if money were the solution, our schools would be problem-free.” Although this sounds harsh, the truth is – money may not always be the answer. For instance, we, AMERICA, can spend another million dollars on the our education system, however how sure are we that there will be improvements. In a nation like ours, we have developed the mentality that we NEED to see immediate improvements. If we do not, then we automatically start blaming the government.

Until next time, the undecided minds shall still remain undecided.

Let The Presidential Debates Begin

He said. She said. He said. They said. It’s all a game of blaming one another – or so I think so. Although I have been blogging for quite some time now, I am new to this politics thing. I really just don’t  understand it at all, but I’m trying to comprehend the different issues and ideas – for our nation runs solely on politics now. My goal for this blog is to bring out both sides of the arguments in an unbiased manner, so that the undecided minds can develop a solid opinion based on facts and policies and not preconceived notions. The main focus of this blog will be to examine the different arguments on education and loan cuts in universities and education systems around the nation.  Education is a public good that fosters the development of our society. Taking a closer look into both sides of the political spectrums can give voters the ability to develop their opinions based directly on policies. Everyone in that nation has a civic responsibility to do their part for the betterment of the collective society. Civic responsibility consists not only of voting, but also being educated about the facts before actually taking part in that process. President Obama feels that college should be affordable to everyone regardless of race, color, and/or income. Romney on the other hand, feels that the ability of a person to achieve in school is based on his or her own given talent and not on their location or economic status. My views may even change over time – there is no telling. In this blog, we will go in-depth about the different opinions and actions each candidate takes to ensure education for all.