We have some issues where education is concerned.
First: We have two things that shouldn’t exist.
There is no excuse for Private Schools, because this allows the rich to create a separate level of better schools for their children, while forcing children from poor families to get a lower quality of education and therefore have less opportunities. As long as Private Schools exist, the public education system will never get better.
There is also no excuse for homeschooling. Don’t try to tell me that you went through it and you came out fine, because I really don’t care. If you did, you are the exception. We can’t make laws for rare exceptions. Most home schooled children are at a huge disadvantage because their parents are religious fanatics who choose to home school them so they won’t be exposed to any ideas except those in a bible. Mormons and Muslims are both huge fans of homeschooling, because without it their daughters would leave the religion.
So in K-12 education we need to require all Americans to attend public schools.
But what about higher education?
Well, obviously that should be free to anyone who can pass an entrance exam. This is because all of society benefits when we have more skilled labor. I certainly don’t want to have a shortage of doctors in the future or not enough engineers.
There are those who say that college shouldn’t be free because kids can join the military if they want to get higher education. Well, first I would point out that the military won’t take cancer survivors like me. But second, and this is very important, you shouldn’t have to risk your life for an education.
Right now, you can already get free college if you are willing to go overseas. However, we do have a candidate who wants to bring free college to the US. As in Germany and other countries that offer free college, this would bring the best and brightest to the US, and help drive research and development.
So vote Bernie Sanders, because we want to stay ahead as a country.
But, if Hillary Clinton should get the Democratic nomination, remember that you have other options.
Jill Stein is a great candidate and very much worth your vote!