interlochen application 10-- P&E

Education key factore in presidential election race

Millions of people will go to voting booths all over the country on Nov. 4to vote for who they think will lead the country to educational greatness.
I would vote for Obama, because he is younger and may not be as strick," ninth grader Maryssa Mauk said.
McCain and Obama agree that No Child Left Behind, NCLB, has good intentions but is unsuccessful. McCain believes the country should care more about the individuals instead of a group of kids, while Obama argues to put more funding into the act established in 2001.
“Yeah I know what No Child Left Behind is. I know it all too well. No, I don’t think it’s effective to the kids. I would take the emphasis off of tests, or at the very least have test that make more sense. One of the things they want is 100% of the kids to read and some kids don’t have that ability and so teachers in schools shouldn’t be penalized becuase of students lack of ability,” ninth grade biology teacher Jessica Hogan said.
Teachers salary is an issue, McCain believes that teachers who work in certain subjects, math and science, or in under performing schools but have students who show an increase of achievements should receive bounuses. Obama believes almost the same thing but thinks accomplished educators should receive awards.
“The starting salary has increased greatly, the theory being that it will attract better people to the profession. That’s positive. However, in comparison to careers that require as much resposibilty and education as teaching does, I think teachers aren’t paid enough,” Hogan said.
Online schools are growing rapidly. McCain is a big believer in online schools and says he would put $500 million in current federal funds to build new virtual schools and support development of online course offerings for students.
Obama will creat the American opportunity tax credit by making the first $4,000 free and covering two-thirds of tuition for a student, in return the student must do 100 hours of community service.
With the dropout rate getting higher, Barack Obama will address the dropout crisis by funding other ways to help the kids, teacher teams, and parent involvement and extended learning time.
John McCain will set up high quality tutoring programs for struggling students. As the Title 1 money will be directed right to the provider.
“Yes, I think a lot of studnets drop out. I think they drop out becuase they don’t care if they get an education, they want to have fun the rest of their life,”
ninth grader Jenna Greene said.
“No, I don’t think a lot of students drop out becuase some of them are smart enought and some of their parents won’t let them,” Mauk said.
Barack Obama will expand high quality after school activities by doubling federal funding support for after school activities. John McCain will provide the resources to succeed by in vesting in parents, people and rewarding achievements.
“Yeah I do think students have a lot of activites to join, I just don’t think they take advantage of them, like the intramural activities and other clubs that are available. I think intramurals at this school are really good,” Hogan said.
Everyone has an opinion about who will lead this country to better education, may the best candidate win.

interlochen application 10-- P&E


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