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Ron Paul works towards the elimination of the inefficient Department of Education, leaving education decisions to be made at the state, local or personal level. Parents should have the right to spend their money on the school or method of schooling they deem appropriate for their children.

On November 14, 2008 Ron Paul said in a New York Times interview:

“First, the Constitution does not authorize the Department of Education, and the founders never envisioned the federal government dictating those education policies.

Second, it is a huge bureaucracy that squanders our money. We send billions of dollars to Washington and get back less than we sent. The money would be much better off left in states and local communities rather than being squandered in Washington.

Finally, I think that the smallest level of government possible best performs education. Teachers, parents, and local community leaders should be making decisions about exactly how our children should be taught, not Washington bureaucrats.

The Department of Education has given us No Child Left Behind, massive unfunded mandates, indoctrination, and in some cases, forced medication of our children with psychotropic drugs. We should get rid of all of that and get those choices back in the hands of the people.”

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  3. Citizen

    i think the schools should remove the standardized tests and let teachers teach what they want to not something from the book we also loose money if our students score less on the standardized tests

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  8. Ed Walcek

    Education, before it went public, was reserved for the upper 1%. The rest were destined to a life of low paying jobs. I couldn't help noticing Ron Paul had a public education through high-school. I could be wrong, but my guess is he had Government help with paying for his upper education, as his parents were cut from the cloth, that in a earlier time, would've had him stay on the farm for economic reasons.
    That's not to say our education system isn't without fault. But let's not throw out the baby with the bath water.

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    1. Casey Marquis

      You do realize that the department of education was opened in 1980? You're misinterpreting Paul's stance. It's simple really. We send billions of dollars to the department of education, they squander a good deal of it on the useless bureaucracy that they are, give us worthless mandates, and then give us a portion of the money that we sent them back to actually be spent on education. Paul's stance is: Eliminate the middle-man and let states/communities spend that money directly.

      Additionally, Paul came from a blue collar family and worked his way through medical school. That used to be possible before the government drove up the cost of higher education.

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  9. Citizen

    COMPETITION!!!

    End the Union Monopoly!

    FREE TO CHOOSE your school.

    VOUCHERS!

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  11. jane

    The major problem with our education system is that it is not run by educators or people who have been trained in education. There are ineffective teachers out that have just stopped caring because they are directed by the uninformed. The Boards of Education are made up of everyday people from various fields and back grounds, not people that have been trained in educational research. It id almost like saying a doctor has to follow the direction of a group of people who have no medical background. I would not feel comfortable going into surgery knowing that my doctor has limits and standards to follow that were created by the barber, butcher and candlestick maker.
    The second BS issue with education is where the money is actually going (on a small scale). Education is about students learning from teachers, growing in a positive safe environment and receiving education for free. Yes, everyone pays taxes and a portion goes to schools,however, free and equal education means that children do not pay tuition for public school and every child is having their needs met. Ideally teachers and students should benefit the most from tax dollars, but no that would make sense. Instead, secretaries are making 50-100 grand salaries... are you serious? They don;t have to go to college and they answer the phone... its a cushy job, but yet they are making more than teachers. The school is over 90 inside on a hot day, the children and teachers sweat in the classroom and are distracted by discomfort... know who isn't? The library, computer room and main office. Even the teachers lounge and school cafeteria are melting. The leaders and decision makers keep themselves as a priority opposed to children learning and teachers trying to make a difference. Teachers become burned out and ineffective overtime, because they are treated badly and receive harsh criticism for the public, when all they are really trying to do is help society's children and make a brighter future. A good teacher works after hours, weekends and summers to prepare lessons that will best fit the needs of children. A good teacher takes portions of their salary to buy supplies, because the school doesn't have a budget. A good teacher cares about the children of others as if they were their own. Ineffective teachers have no place in a school and give good teachers a bad rep. but the criteria to weed them out should be established by a team with background in education, not the public.. unless all of the general public wants to take a crash course in the field of education.
    It is really a shame how society values education as a whole. No good deed goes unpunished. For example, I read a quote once : " teachers are the highest paid part-time workers". WTF!! Seriously, this should upset any educator and anyone stupid enough to believe this should rot in hell. Teachers are constantly learning, planning, researching and work far past the working day hours even into the late night. Teaching is a profession and yet it is not respected as anything higher than a post office worker. Teachers are judge on how they carry themselves in their personal life. Teachers get fired and not hired based on facebook, how they dress, if they go out with friends and have a drink, their relationships, tattoos and piercings, and even what bumper stickers they put on their cars. Professionalism - the respect. Yet, they are overpaid... our system makes little sense, but ignorance is bliss.
    This lack of respect from society is easily picked up on by our youth. Children are smart and know that their parents do not believe or respect teachers or education, and they reflect those same feelings. It is like everyone in society had that 1 mean/strict teacher and they hold a grudge and see education as a negative. Children should receive homework and parents should be teaching their child. You had a child, you are responsible, I do not think that message is clear enough. A child's education takes a community not a 7 hour day at school 180 days for 12 years. Parents need to provide early learning experiences, read, model everyday uses of content learned in school, provide reinforcement of content learned in school and teach their child. Parents are teachers just as they are caregivers. Parents should not complain about "Oh, I had to do homework with my child" or " my child doesn't know this so I had to teach him". WA! You big babies, while your complaining play yourself the violin. Along with providing education to fill in the gaps that YOUR child has between school and independent use, parents need to work on discipline. Every watch on of those Super Nanny shows? You should. Children really act like that, because parents fail to provide appropriate discipline. Do not beat your child, that reinforces that physical violence is an acceptable reaction to a dislike of something. Discipline problems in a classroom take time away from instructional time.
    Instructional time should not be mainly focused on prepping for the state test. Nor should children feel pressed and stressed to perform well or teachers be rated by scores. This leads to low scores, no retention of knowledge and teachers who are tempted to cheat. A teacher's job is on the line, because of someone else's kid.. what other profession is this true in? It is absurd that our country's test scores are compared to the scores of other countries. In America we provide "free and equal" education to every child, so every child is tested. Students with disabilities as well as ESL are tested with the same test (they are given accommodations such as small test group, location and extra time).I'm sorry if you gave me a test in French it wouldn't matter if I was with a small group, in a comfortable location and had extra time. I can't read the test, so how is that helping? On the other hand, foreign countries on provide standardized tests for a select group of their education population. That is not a fair comparison.
    Americans need to be aware of what really happens opposed to what they are told. Foolishness is dangerous.
    Not enough will read this comment, but those who do I hope understand that education needs reform in the sense of purified from the corruption of greed and ignorance.

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  12. Jody

    'free education' is just totalitarian candy.
    1) Education does NOT equal intelligence (have you paid attention to
    DC?)
    2) What education? I had to teach my children their lessons every night so they could do their homework-all the way through elementary school. Made life fun. Those teachers owe ME their salaries because they didn't do their job!
    3) The board of education itself said that it wasn't their goal to educate, but to make better workers.
    4) An education is not guaranteed by the Constitution, but then Suzy was allowed to run a lemonade stand without gov't interference back then so she could to pay her bills.
    5) Current educational system discourages free enterprise (ie entrepreneurs).

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    1. jane

      maybe your children were not perfect angels in school or maybe they really needed extra scaffolding in order to learn.. teaching is one of the many jobs of a parent. Parent= cook, driver, maid, teacher, entertainer, ring leader, safety patrol, comforter and nurse.

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  14. Tommy

    Our system of education is the worst system in the world. We should have our own method of schooling, the power to choose which school is best for us and the power to fire teachers that are ineffective. We shouldn't have the government spending more money on prisoners and welfare than education, that's why we are so behind right now lacking new innovative solutions to the problem. Our education system has been failing since this department was created, extra curricular activites have been cut leaving us on the verge of being outcompeted. Teachers doing their teaching based on government handbooks. I support Ron Paul, we should have new methods of educating children and making it more interesting to go to school. America has shifted from an innovative educational system to one based on the banking method of education. We cannot just dump information in childrens' brains and make them memorize a few things for their test, we need to teach them to think in a different perspective, have new ways of solving problems instead of this crap.

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    1. Elizabeth

      "Our system of education is the worst system in the world."

      The entire world? Really? The fact we have an education system for everyone puts us above a number of countries. I agree with the rest of what you say to an extent, but I hope people don't forget about the existence of third world countries.

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  15. Colin

    @Lilly - You are very ill-informed. No matter how it may seem your education is NOT free. Where do you think the money for your education comes from? It is absolutely not a slap in the face to the working class and it would save a lot government money that pays workers in the department of education for your education. That's horrible that your parents can't pay for you to be in band, but guess what? If they weren't paying taxes you wouldn't be going to school at all.

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  17. LILLY

    OK WHAT ABOUT THE PARENTS OUT THERE WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO SEND THE CHILD TO SOME SCHOOL OR AFFORD THE SUPPLY'S THEIR CHILD NEEDS FOR SCHOOL? I MEAN WERE NOT ALL RICH (MY PARENTS CANT EVEN PAY FOR ME TO BE IN BAND) AND TO ME WHAT YOUR SAYING IS HA YOUR POOR YOU DON'T NEED TO GO TO SCHOOL. I GUESS MY PARENTS AND THE HISTORY BOOKS WERE RIGHT,HISTORY DOES REPEAT ITS SELF. Sorry caps stuck on...............

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    1. Lyssa

      Hi Lilly!
      I think you may have misunderstood what he said!
      He doesn't want to eliminate public education! he wants the state/city governments to make the rules for schools instead of the national government so that citizens have more political say in what happens in their own school district. Don't worry, nobody is getting rid of public education. That would be a crime.

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      1. rifadus

        Lyssa, The eventual goal of Ron Paul and libertarians alike is to eliminate public sponsored education. Just look it up in the libertarian Manifesto. I do however believe education should be brought to local level. Libertarians do not believe that they should have to pay for public education.

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        1. Bill

          Ridafus, I am a libertarian, and I believe that public education is an essential function of government

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    2. Carl

      Ugh. The complaints of the ignorant. He wants to cut it at the 'national' level and give it to the state and local levels. There will still be public education, just now it will not be based in Washington. And I have no idea what you mean by history repeating itself, that makes very little sense.

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      1. inresponse

        What Lilly is saying is that with education being on a state and local level it will become even more discriminating, being that schools in comunities with those well paid will be far more advanced and funded than those in communites of the poor. Although we see that now, with it being on a state level the difference will become more apparent. She is right in what she is saying, history will repeat itself, because school in low-income areas will inevitably lack the education that high-income areas have so then what will be the purpose in attending school at all. The poor will then pick up trades and handy jobs, working for those with the proper education.

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        1. Ryan

          It comes down to this: There will always be poor people. Even in a centralized form of control or a free market. In a free market, natural competition determines who fails and who succeeds. In a centralized form of control like we have now with these departments, a select few people determine how funds are spent across the board. This can lead to institutionalized classism and racism, either consciously or accidentally, which in my opinion, is worse. And it punishes those good people out there who desire to manage at a local level. Bureaucracies suck at managing our lives. Look at FEMA with Hurricane Katrina. Central management removes the liberty and power of the locals who can best manage what they think is best for their families and businesses. Yes, of course racism and poor classes will result if we grant full property rights and allow a free market to function. Even racism and segregration may pop up in the south. But, I think the times of rampant segregation are over. You will still see it in far corners of America, but, for the most part, we as a people are more enlightened on the whole. But, you will still see poor peope. But, at least poor people will be generated due to a more free process. It wouldn't be left up to men in marble castles, but, instead nature. My only fear would be that legitimate science and history would be in trouble of being undermined. Local citizens can't decide what good science and history is, only historians and scientists can. And I don't see how we could insure that good science and history will be accepted by certain communities that don't agree with it. Like for example, creationism, certain denials of history, etc.

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  19. Sjane510

    Having graduated from high school just a few years ago, I can say that I have seen the consequences of the No Child Left Behind Act. For years I saw my peers being dragged through curriculum that they were unable to keep up with. Teachers have said multiple times that they were just teaching to the tests. I've had classes where we learned only the information that was seen on the standardized tests of previous years, as opposed to the vast amount of knowledge in our text books (We abandoned the text books for packets of questions and answers). Instructors are forced to leave students behind in order to make sure the majority of students get the information they need to score well on the standardized tests. The majority of students understanding the majority of information = better tests results, as opposed to spending time on every section and making sure EVERYONE understands. In this way, children are left behind. Teachers will run out of time before the tests come up if they take the time to make sure all students are up to par. Test scores will be ruined!

    Schools are rated based on the testing and get money based on the scores. Needless to say, the pressure is on at the time of year when the standardized tests roll around. Hours are spent teaching students the correct test taking strategies: how to fill in the bubbles, how to manage your time (if you don't know a question, skip it and go on to the next one). Rewards are given to classes (senior, junior, sophomore, freshman) with the highest test scores. Assemblies are thrown to discuss how important the results are for our school. One year in elementary school, my principal proposed he would dress up as an alien if we did well enough on the tests. In high school, we were only allowed to go off campus for lunch if our test scores were high enough. Is this not ridiculous? How useful are these test taking strategies in the real world? How often will we need to know how to correctly "fill in the bubbles?" How much time are we wasting EVERY YEAR when we go over the same test taking information over and over again? This is time that can be spent TEACHING students about history, English, mathematics, etc. Not to mention the name: STANDARDIZED testing. Where did the standards come from? The government? What does the government know about my personal education needs? The needs of my peers? I understand that there are some things we all need to know, but can we not leave that up to the teachers to take care of and trust that given the time they will get us all on track? We all learn differently, so why are students being tested as if they are all the same? Different cultures = different learning needs, styles, and ways of understanding. Teachers don't have enough time to get through the curriculum every year AND proctor standardized tests. Teachers, parents, and local governments should have the right to determine the needs of the students. No Child Left Behind is a joke. Now its like every child is left behind, in some way or another. Having been at the top of my classes for many years, I've seen how I've been catered to as a top student. I can raise the test scores, therefore, reward me and encourage me to do well. My peers who aren't as lucky in understanding the material, leave them behind. Leave them behind because it's obvious they aren't going to help your test scores anyway. We as students have become numbers - numbers and statistics and it's so sad. We learn different ways, can't that be seen in what we do when we graduate? Some of us go on to trade schools, some to universities, others to the military. This demonstrates we are NOT all the same. We don't all have the same strengths and weaknesses in school, and the standardized tests don't embrace that. Teachers need more time to get to know students and discover their learning strategies. They need more time to help the students LEARN real material, and not get pressured to teach to some test so the school's scores will go up so they can receive more funding. Its all such a scam, that impacts the students most of all. Education is our future! Your future! Today's students will be running this country when we are all too old to do it ourselves. We need to make sure they are learning and getting the tools they need to create a better, educated, America.

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    1. NCNative

      As someone who attended public school before No Child Left Behind (NCLB), both of whose parents who were career educators, and someone who has children attending public schools after NCLB, and has been working in public education for the past seven years, I think a different perspective on exactly why NCLB came into being in the first place is in order.

      Before NCLB, there was no real accountability for school performance in low achieving school districts in this country. In communities where parent involvement was strong, and the majority of parents were well informed about their children's education, most of the schools performed well, or least did not have the abysmal performance that schools in "other" communities experienced. NCLB is really an attempt to force the improvement of the schools in the "other" communities where most of the students were severely under educated. In these "other" communities, many, if not most, of the students were left so far behind (thus the name of the law), they were severely unprepared to be independent, productive citizens of society. In my opinion, the lack of funding for NCLB is not really an issue, as money is NOT the solution to the problem - accountability and school choice are the solutions, however, it is difficult to establish one without the other. As someone who is familiar with the testing standards of NCLB in my state, any child who cannot meet the required proficiency level to pass these tests will likely NOT be prepared to be a competitive and productive member of this society. Period.

      I know of schools that provide holistic, individualized, concept-based education for all students, regardless of the community they come from or their prior school achievement, and I also know of schools that meet the description provided by Sjane510. That is not the fault of NCLB, but rather in how the schools chose to respond to NCLB. NCLB is not about preparing all students to go to college, but rather to ensure that they have the basic reading, math, and comprehension skills required to survive in this society without overly depending on the assistance of the government and charitable organizations. Many schools have deliberately chosen to herd as many students as possible onto the college track, but this is not a requirement of NCLB, but a decision made by the school or school district itself. I feel strongly, that vocational education opportunities for students must be provided to adequately prepare most students in public schools today, and there is nothing about NCLB that would hinder such. Once again, SCHOOLS ADMINSTRATORS have deliberately chosen to burden teachers with unnecessary programs and initiatives that have nothing to do with NCLB.

      NCLB has been vital in raising the expectations of achievement, not just for schools, but for PARENTS in many of the "other" communities that were previously poorly informed about the standards their children needed to meet to receive a good education. In many of these "other" communities I am familiar with, it was not unusual for the valedictorian of a high school to perform very poorly on the SAT simply because of the low standards for the education they had received. Many parents in these "other" communities who thought their "high achieving" students were receiving a good education for the majority of their K-12 career finally discovered the ugly truth when their students took a standardized for the first time, almost 18 years of age in many cases, in the form of the SAT. If the best performing students in these schools were so drastically under educated, what of the quality of education for the average or poor performing students? I think we know the answer, or at least now we do, specifically because of NCLB. Now, parents no longer have to wait until their children are almost adults to discover just how much their children are really learning. NCLB brings accountability to school teachers and administrators, while also allowing parents to make informed decisions regarding what school their child attends. It was testing that NCLB required that gave me the information I needed to change the school attendance of my own children, which so far has been the best choice possible for my students' academic career.

      NCLB testing standards are not extraordinary, but many teachers simply are not committed to teaching the basics and have for too long been protected by teachers' unions and the traditional status quo of getting well paid for under educating children.

      I feel the role of the Department of Education should be about enforcing the right to an equal education opportunity, NOT OUTCOMES, for all children in all states. If we are to be one nation, there are certain standards that all states should be required to meet in educating children, otherwise, we will become even more divided than we are now. Without accountability, this will NOT happened, as has been already been proven.

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  22. Heather Miller

    50% of our American people are not functioning at a literate level which means they are unable to read fourth grade level text. This statistic includes people who are graduating now so the Federal Department of Education has done nothing other than give me a pile of paperwork to do for these kids rather than teach them. If I had the time to teach the kids like I know I can rather than fill out paperwork describing what I am doing to try to help them, we would see students who come out of our schools able to read. 90% of people in our prison systems are functionally illiterate. So, is literacy an important issue in our society? We need to make changes which means get politics out of education and let teachers do what they have been trained to do...TEACH!

    Sixth Grade Teacher From NC

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    1. Stan

      There is an irony in your worldview. You value diversity, yet you propose a homogenous education system that would destroy it.

      It is also quite an assumption (and possibly an arrogant one) that those in Washington would be the ones best suited to dictate education policy.

      No... the best policy is one that required individuals to think — not to complete a checklist.

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      1. Hetal

        I'd like to quote Hard17 from an earlier comment.

        "Ron Paul wants to eliminate the Department of Education, If that is done South Carolina will go back to the 1950′s. Changes were only made when they were forced by the Fed to update their system or lose funding. We have some of the lowest ratings in the nation when it comes to education. We cannot afford to go backwards."

        And a homogenous education system is not a destroyer of diversity. It's common ground and a fair education. Americans should be educated with a system allowing any student to pursue any career in any state, country, or job field without having to account that the quality or aim of their education may be different and/or under the standards for certain qualifications.

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    2. Kelly

      I see your point, but I do not think the curriculum would change, but there would be less pressure on the schools to teach as hard and as fast as possible to get more funding for better education. I think there would be a nationwide expectation of the states to meet certain educational standards, but the money wouldn't be stretched over all schools of the nation from the greedy government. And I'm sure most people of America want their children to have good educations, and so far I haven't seen religious views become an issue with the curriculum (except for the evolution theories and whatnot).

      This would be a little better than what Obama put in place, of course there would be details to work out as with any new plan.

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  25. Higher education and the GOP candidates: What do they have to say? | ChicagoNow

    [...] Ron Paul (Gettysburg College B.S., Duke University M.D.) Paul wants to "fix" student loans (potentially by eliminating them), saying these government programs have driven up tuition rates. His rationale is the 1 trillion dollars in debt that are now tied up in student loans. He also proposed cutting the Department of Education. [...]

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  26. Higher Education And The GOP Candidates: What Do They Have To Say? | ChiU

    [...] Ron Paul (Gettysburg College B.S., Duke University M.D.) Paul wants to "fix" student loans (potentially by eliminating them), saying these government programs have driven up tuition rates. His rationale is the 1 trillion dollars in debt that are now tied up in student loans. He also proposed cutting the Department of Education. [...]

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  28. Rosemarie

    I wanted to share something that happened recently that I think illustrates the idiocy of our federal government. In early January, I received a letter from the Census Bureau saying my household was selected to participate in the 2012 National Household Education Survey, conducted on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education. About a week later, I received the survey. The first question asked if anyone in the household was aged 20 or younger. If not, it asked to mark the "no" box and return the survey in the postage-paid envelope. It also included a $5 bill as a token of their appreciation for my participation. It said that after returning the survey, the study would determine if anyone in my household is eligible for the NEXT survey.

    First of all, why send a letter telling me they're going to send a survey? Why not save the expense of the first mailing and just send the survey? And why the second survey? Couldn't it be combined into one survey? Second, if it's the Census Bureau conducting the survey, wouldn't they KNOW that there isn't anyone in my household aged 20 or younger? Third, if they're only interested in the opinions of households with children aged 20 or younger, why didn't they conduct the survey through the schools? Then there's the $5 "token." I'd really love to know how many surveys they sent out and how much the whole thing cost the taxpayers. It may not be much in the big picture, but this is an example of the wasteful spending of our government agencies. Multiply this one example thousands of times over and it's no longer a drop in the bucket. I think there's a mentality that it's not their money that's being spent, or that they have to come up with ways to spend everything in their budget or the budget gets cut. I say cut the entire agency and let things be handled at the local and state levels.

    Just my 2 cents.

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  30. lucky85

    One problem is the shriinking budget for education, i.e. with more people out of work, less is taken in on property taxes and other taxes. They also need to lose the statndardized tests, as kids are studying to pass tests, and necessarily to learn the subject.

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    1. Dude2012

      Education doesn't equal jobs. I know plenty of people who went to college and are far worse off than those who went to trade schools, or no school at all after high school. Increasing money spent on our public indoctrination camps won't decrease unemployment; in fact, it would do the complete opposite.

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      1. John

        Education = jobs is an uneducated way of looking at eduction.

        Education improves every facet of society.

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  31. Ace81

    http://www.littleredumbrella.com/2012/01/lets-be-clear-ron-paul-fucking-sucks.html

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  32. Concerned citizen

    I would like to say that I am from North Carolina and in our State we had a Satte university and supported it for well over a hundred years before the Pell Grant was introduced by the Federal government. Now in North Carolina our children are being rated very low in education while are universities are still some of the best in the nation our community collage system is the 4th largest in the country. now consider all this and you see North Carolina is failing in education in one area "no child left behind" now i am going to behonest with you we only get 10% of our fuinding from the government but our government is not allowed to support schools with failing standards according to federal polocy now considering this it sounds like that the Federal department of education has applied Sanctions on North Carolina for being the First State in the Nation in Education......why does this sound like a hostile takeover to me?

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  33. AnushG

    Ron,

    I like some of your forward thinking intelligent ideas and proposals. Here is one of my own that we must implement sooner than later. American universities are very popular among foreign students. I am telling you this with my own experience. There are many reasons for this. One thing is it is very easy to get into US colleges and universities. Second, the foreigners know that this is the easiest way to get into this country and also a ticket to finding a job in this land of opportunity.

    It is time we charge flat USD25, 000 from each foreign student coming to this country to study medicine, engineering and other applied sciences. This money shall put into a fund and improve the science and mathematics education level of students in this country.

    We cannot think a brighter future for USA without a generation with strong science and engineering background.

    Anush.

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  34. Jan 9th-12th « elizabethaboyd

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  35. Hard17

    Ron Paul wants to eliminate the Department of Education, If that is done South Carolina will go back to the 1950's. Changes were only made when they were forced by the Fed to update their system or lose funding. We have some of the lowest ratings in the nation when it comes to education. We cannot afford to go backwards.

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