Lieber for Congress, P.O. Box 410064, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Schools

old-school-300I support the following propositions:

  • Learning should be based on a child’s curiosity rather than on his or her fears
  • Schools should be enjoyable enough so that kids want to attend.
  • Learning should become a life-long activity.
  • The ongoing trend of increased testing of students must be reversed. The “No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top” programs have burdened teachers and students with “make-work,” which demoralizes them and often encourages them to “game the system.”
  • We should make every effort to bring our most qualified, enthusiastic, and resourceful teachers into the classroom regardless of whether they hold state certification.
  • We should encourage schools to innovate and “think outside the box.”  Vouchers for non-sectarian non-profit schools should be given serious consideration as a means of diversifying educational choice.
  • We must place much more emphasis on early childhood education.  This focus will happen only when we provide adequate pay for teachers and other staff personnel who work with preschoolers.
  • We must provide opportunities for students to get out into the community to learn about the adult world, something that should not be remote and distant to them.
  • In a technology-based world, students should focus on how to access information rather than on memorizing information.
  • A key component of curriculum should be to help students develop necessary skills to analyze and try to solve problems.

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