"The whole people must take upon themselves the education of the whole people and be willing to bear the expenses of it. There should not be a district of one mile square, without a school in it, not founded by a charitable individual, but maintained at the public expense of the people themselves." -- John Adams

"No money shall be drawn from the treasury, for the benefit of any religious or theological institution." -- Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 6.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was and never will be...nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe." – Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Presidential Candidates' Education Grades: UPDATE

On February 6th I gave three presidential candidates, Obama, Romney and Gingrich, a grade of F for their education platforms.

Since that time, Rick Santorum has won three primaries and currently leads the Republican in the polls for the upcoming Michigan primary, so it's time to look at his platform as well.

It's no surprise. He also gets an F.

The NEA's Candidate Platform Comparison gives us information about Santorum's position on education topics. He, too, would continue the de-professionalization of public school teachers and the privatization of public schools.

Santorum on NCLB:

Santorum voted for No Child Left Behind “...because I thought, well, we need to get
the facts and we need to have some national system to be able to determine whether we are in fact succeeding or failing.”1

Santorum on Worker's Rights:

Santorum said pro-union protestors were “... acting like their drug is being taken away from them.”4

Santorum on Vouchers:

Santorum supports school vouchers, voted for S. Amdt. 1249, a federally-funded school voucher program.3

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