In the height of 2012 election race people are now more than ever interested in what each candidate has to offer. With such important things as world economic recession and high unemployment on their minds, educational issues seem to have fallen by the wayside. However, this aspect is of great importance to those parents whose children are preparing to go to college.
While Barrack Obama’s position on this question is pretty much clear and is getting a lot of media coverage now, it is interesting to find out where other presidential candidates stand on education policy issues.
Alex Burgos, the spokesman for the Mitt Romney’s election campaign, outlined in his recent interview the principal provisions of Governor Romney’s education policy. According to Mr. Burgos, Romney puts high hopes on standardized testing to measure students’ academic progress. Thus, ensuring schools accountability will help to see a truthful picture of what is really happening in schools.
Mitt Romney thinks that the federal government’s role in school administration should be limited as well as the government’s intervention at low-performing schools in poor districts. He suggests that school districts are given more freedom to choose what is best for their students. Thus, strengthening local bodies’ control over schools and enhancing parental participation in education-related questions, students’ academic performance and attendance rates can be improved.
He openly supports homeschooling and charter schools as an alternative to traditional school education. He believes it to be a great opportunity to meet the educational needs of every child.
The Government’s program “No Child Left Behind” which has been strongly criticized by many for its’ accountability-focused nature and assessment primarily based on test scores, however got Romney’s complete approval and support. Mitt Romney believes that the NCLB program can play a key role in “setting high goals in education so that kids succeed in the new global economy”.
Romney’s policy paper calls for restoring and supporting private lenders to subsidize college loans for students. He also believes that helping parents to save money for their children’s college through capital gains and dividends rather than increasing direct government financial assistance would be a much better decision.
Mitt Romney supposes that in order for the U.S. to stay competitive and regain its’ innovative potential, more money has to be spent on developing science research. If elected he plans on continuing to support universities’ research work in biology, physics etc.
The Governor suggests there should be tighter control over the STEM programs that exist today. If he becomes the next U.S. president, his first step will be to make sure these programs are streamlined and monitored to prevent them from overlapping and overspending. However, he strongly believes it is crucial for improving the economy to develop and encourage people’s interest in these disciplines.
To sum it up, it is worth saying that Mitt Romney’s position on education issues is based on traditional republican’s principles and although lacking some prominent reformative ideas, it still looks pretty attractive.