Educating our children is of paramount importance and critical to our future. However, decisions about the right education for each child are ultimately the responsibility of parents, teachers, and local governments, not the federal government.
Education is not a constitutionally enumerated power of the federal government, and therefore, education should be left to the states and to the people, as the 10th Amendment requires. Each state and school district is comprised of students with vastly different needs who deserve an education best suited to them, not a one-size-fits-all approach dictated from Washington D.C.
Our current system of national standards, with exhaustive testing to those standards, is counter to local efforts to improve education with reforms designed by those closest to the students. Teachers are forced to “teach to the test” and cannot use their professional skills to tailor education to the learning styles of their students. Parents are removed from decisions about what their children are taught. No one is satisfied with this system — except those profiting from textbook and testing sales.
The Federal Department of Education should be eliminated. In the meantime, I will continue to support policies and legislation in Congress that return education decisions to state and local governments while empowering parents to decide what is right for their children. Meaningful reform can only happen if states and local governments reclaim control of education.