Deer Park, Texas
Good evening, Deer Park. Thank you all for joining me so late! It means the world to me, it really does. I have asked you here today to talk about the issue of education in this state, this district, and this country. The United States education system has shifted away from preparing our students for the real world towards preparing for arbitrary standardized tests. While scoring well on examinations such as the ACT or SAT are very important, our public schools are no longer teaching our kids the skills they will need once they leave the education system. Instead they are taught repetition and memorization in order to do well on a standardized test. Many students are no longer taught a complex understanding of a subject, but are instead taught the minimum amount that they need to know. For many of our students this strategy is not good enough. Our population is not uniform. Our student body is a diverse group of people who all have different learning strategies that work best for them. Some students may be visual learners, some may be oral learners, others may need to participate in an physical activity to truly grasp a subject. It is our duty to make sure the next generation is given the knowledge they need to succeed, and one of the best ways to do that is to provide teachers with strategies to teach children of all abilities and learning methods. A single uniform curriculum or lesson plan does not work effectively for each and every student and it rests on the shoulders of the teachers in the classroom to see that the needs of students are met. If I am elected into congress I will support legislation to require American teachers to attend training sessions that will give them the tools necessary to help each and every student succeed. One of our primary duties as parents and leaders is to ensure the next generation is ready to take our place and more the world forwards! I am completely dedicated to ensuring every American child is prepared for their future. Because it will be here sooner than you might think.