I just looked at the education bills that were submitted by both houses of Congress this year; looking for one that was designed to improve our education process throughout this nation. None were found! My admittedly rough count was a little over 100 and none of them touched on any national education objective.
None of them touched on improving our science and math programs in primary and secondary grades; and we sadly trail the rest of the world. None of them touched on improving the number of students who enter the classroom “ready to learn”, which is the objective of Head Start. None of them touched on how to improve the learning we are currently not achieving for our students from low social-economic environments.
Why did I pick the subject of education for my search? Because nothing is more important. If we had better education we could actually achieve wonders in the 21st century. If we improved education we could drastically cut down on terrorism. If we improved education we could drastically reduce the number of criminals. If we improved education we could help solve many of today’s problems which will overwhelm us in the near future, as in:
2. Health care
3. Social security
4. Global warming
5. Transfer from fossil fuel dependent energy to renewable energy
Not to mention our current problems in the economy.
I would like to know why, amongst 435 representatives and 100 senators, we are doing nothing towards improving education? Do you think I am just whistling Dixie? Go ahead look at this website:
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/subjects.xpd?type=crs&term=Elementary and secondary education
No wonder polls on Congress come up so short. What are they doing?? We know what they are not doing!