Education is one of the highest priorities of our country. Just like the free market, businesses always perform better when there is competition. Schools and Universities have had monopolistic power for the past few decades, driving up costs and lowering the value as a result. Reducing government’s role in education will lead to more competition and increase the quality of education we receive overall.
Return control to local levels
The department of education at a federal level has grown in power and scope. Common core has proved to be a hindrance to progressive teaching methods; it’s time to change the system and decentralize education. The basis of learning is to grow and change – by following a forced structure caretakers and communities aren’t able to control their children’s education the way they see fit and therefore weakens our innovation in education. Teachers need the power and trust to be able to innovate and empower our students. Taking away federal mandates is a good start.
Narrow view of College education
Our nation has become so entrenched in the idea of a “4 year college degree” that we have lost sight that there are other options. We as a nation need to re-examine our obsession to get bachelors degrees and realize that there are a whole host of other options. The federal government has made it so easy to get loans that we have been pushed into getting college educations with the promise of future gains that simply are no longer there. Students graduate with roughly $25,000 in debt on average and no jobs to pay that back. This isn’t sustainable. We need to refocus our efforts on encouraging students to pursue other education options than the traditional “university experience”.