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Education

Fight for Education

 

“Education is of the soundest predictors of well-being and economic stability there is.”
The right to a good quality education should be provided by the government. We, The Future First Party, will do just that. The Future First Party will repeal common core testing, reduce time sitting behind desks for students, and make technical schools and colleges easily accessible for all people. With that, we will improve the education provided in primary and secondary schools. Children will have access to high-performing education facilities. Adults can continue their education, as well as skill training needed to obtain higher waged jobs. We treasure education. It should never be taken from anyone. Our country will flourish when every man, woman and child have access to a quality education.

 

Common Core

What we have now…

The Common Core Standards do not guarantee improvements in testing on the global scale. In theory, Common Core seems as if it can produce educated individuals, but when played out that is not the case. The development of Common Core began in 2008 and went into action in schools nationwide in 2009. A statistic, done by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), tested the graduating class of 2016. “The average performance of high school seniors dropped in math and failed to improve in reading from 2013 to 2015. Performance was also down on both tests from 1992, the first year that similar tests were used.” These findings we after seven years of Common Core curriculum.  The Common Core Standards is a program pushed by the government. Which basically translates into “adopt the program or no money.” The program has been pushed onto schools that need government funding.

What the Future First Party will change…

The Future First Party will completely repeal Common Core Standards. The Future First Party will not require a standardized curriculum. What we will require is a curriculum for each upcoming year before funding is granted. The Future first party knows that no set standard curriculum will tailor to every child. Every child learns and develops differently. Common Core fails to realize child development happens at different times for each child. The Future First Party does know this. We will take into consideration the diversity in each population and the unique development of each individual.

 

Time at Desks for Students

Sitting at a desk is not the only way to educate. We believe that more time should be appointed to educational activities. Other countries have figured out that the current way of teaching is not as effective. In Finland, for example, students take a 15-minute break for outdoor play after every 45 minutes of classroom time. In East Asia, most primary school students are given a 10-minute break after 40 minutes of instruction. The strategy of using breaks to maximize learning will boost attentiveness in class. With this, there will be no fear that students won’t learn what is needed when given 10-15 minute breaks during the school day. During these times, students have the opportunity to rest and recharge, as well as learn to cooperate, communicate, and compromise, all skilled needed to succeed academically and in life in general.

 

What we have now…

In the United States, the average first grade student will spend seven or more hours a day at his or her desk, most times without any recess or unstructured outdoor activity.

What the Future First Party will change…

The Future First Party wants to develop skilled individuals. In 2015, Finland was ranked number 5 for the best education system in the world. In the same year, the United States was ranked at 14th. The U.S. was also placed at 29th place for math and science, and Finland at 6th (The Best Education). By adopting the practices of required break times for students that other countries have implemented into daily education we can achieve an better education system and develop well educated students.

 

College and Beyond

In the 1980’s, the University of California offered free tuition to their students. The government makes a profit off of every student loan. The Future First Party will put an end to this.

 

What do we have now…

The average college student graduates with $35,000 in debt.

 

What the Future First Party will change…

The fear of debt detours many individuals away from college. The Future First Party would like to change that by making public colleges and universities tuition free. “Germany eliminated tuition because they believed that charging students $1,300 per year was discouraging Germans from going to college. Chile will do the same. Finland, Norway, Sweden and many other countries around the world also offer free college to all of their citizens.”

We can use Finland again for an example, they have made college tuition free for everyone, including international students. We can fully fund free college tuition by imposing a tax of a fraction of a percent on Wall Street speculators. Over “40 other countries throughout the world have imposed a similar tax including Britain, Germany, France, Switzerland, and China.” College and technical schools should be an option for everyone, without fear of falling into debt. Free college tuition would expand access to education which will greatly benefit our people and the economy.

 

 

The Future First Party believes that having a good education is key in life. It sets you up for success in your career and society. The Future First Party has two very distinct goals with the education system of this country; build a strong foundation in primary schools and increase choice and access to college and universities. We wish to promote educational opportunity to those that never thought it were possible. We want to build a foundation for our young students, by supporting learning beyond traditional classrooms that extend past childhood, to set them up for success and ready them for technical school or college. What the Future First Party will introduce into the education system will build strong and sustainable communities.