As a father of three, I recognize the importance of reforming our education system. Few issues have as great an impact on the future of our children as our record budget deficit and the quality of their education, both of which are of great importance to me.
The top down approach to education policy endorsed for so long has proven ineffective, one size does not fit all in this case. Education is a personal experience, and one that is best handled through state, local, and parental involvement. Whether we are talking about early childhood, K-12, or higher education policies, our children and their parents need more opportunity, flexibility, and quality when it comes to education. Streamlining spending, reducing the federal bureaucracies role in education, promoting flexibility and innovation, improving teacher quality, and empowering parents are all a step in the right direction.
Enhanced coordination at the local level and other creative solutions will provide more opportunity for our children. It will take a more intelligent and innovative approach if we are to provide the skills and knowledge necessary for the next generation to succeed. In addition, Congress must implement policies that spur our economy to ensure that young Americans continue to have access to a high quality education and good paying jobs.