Clarity On The Issues

Education & Vocational Training

Joe Kaufman For Congress Florida District 23

America’s educational system is broken.

Our world ranking has dropped considerably since education was centralized under the Department of Education by Lyndon Johnson.

School policy and decision-making should be given over to the local community along with parental involvement.

Charter schools and alternative choice schools via a voucher system should be available to families, encouraging more free enterprise.

Competition brings out the best, and it will be good for teachers.

Through competition, the best teachers will be compensated very well, while poor teachers will be rejected by the system.

By establishing rules of conduct that are enforced, students who wish to learn will be able to do so.

Students that disrupt the system should be reassigned to special schools which can better deal with the systemic problems of troubled youth.

The teaching profession is an honorable profession and we should not allow anyone to teach who does not respect the sanctity and responsibility of the profession.

Money is not the solution.

We spend more per student than any other nation. We, unfortunately, spend way too much on the bureaucratic end, instead of that money going towards our students; and the best way to spend it on the students is to spend it on the teachers in the form of better and well-deserved salaries.

Americans recognize the value of education and encourage their children to aspire to go to college or university.

However, for those in high school who do not have the opportunity to further their education, vocational training is an important alternative.

America has the greatest University system in the world. 

A system of education which has grown rapidly in the 20th and 21st centuries as Americans recognized that education is the doorway to opportunity. 

In contrast, the vocational education system has nearly perished. 

So much emphasis has been placed on a college education that the vocations have been largely ignored.  

Though, learning a trade is a worthy pursuit; and it is good for America.

All types of education are valuable to our nation. 

Vocational education is very important because it is practical training. 

Trade skills, such as electrician and automotive repair specialist define vocational training in traditional terms and are an important contribution to our economy.   

But we must also concentrate our efforts on twenty-first century vocational training, focusing on the demands of our cutting-edge industries. 

Skills that relate to the computer age, biotech, and robotics to name a few, are in great demand. 

The needs for skilled people in these industries are growing and offer an opportunity for the business world and the student to work together. 

I will support initiatives that reward businesses for providing on the job training.

Accreditation standards should be developed by leaders in these industries, standardizing levels of degrees similar to those in colleges. 

Strong incentives will be offered to specific industries to develop in-house training in concert with vocational schools or to provide thorough comprehensive in-house training. 

If we are to lead in the future we must provide a full range of education designed to advance our competitiveness.