Being the first Presidential candidate to speak at the 2008 Presidential Candidate Education Forums at UNI, Sam Brownback demonstrated that he cares about and understands the importance of education better than just about anyone.
During an education forum at the University of Northern Iowa, Republican presidential hopeful Sam Brownback said rebuilding the traditional family unit is as important to improving the nation’s education system as reforming No Child Left Behind or increasing the number of students in math and science.
I doubt anyone could disagree with that. Rebuilding the family and reforming No Child Left Behind are crucial.
“Where I think (No Child Left Behind) failed was not giving flexibility to the states,” he said.
When the four-person panel asked questions on early childhood education and how to best prepare students for academic achievement, Brownback said rebuilding the traditional family structure — which he defined as a mother, father and child — is as crucial as any government program.
Naturally liberals will scoff at this notion since it has long been their goal to destroy the traditional family. For these people, Sam goes beyond the soundbite that phony so-cons rely upon.
He said social data shows children in two-parent homes are more likely to graduate from high school and attend college and less likely to use drugs or be arrested.
“I think it really is an important discussion that we’ve not been willing to have as a country,” he said.
And Senator Brownback is absolutely right. And there are some other things that can be done regarding the educational system itself.
When asked what he would do to better fund the educational system, from preschool to higher education, Brownback said that responsibility largely falls on the shoulders of local and state governments. However, he said he supported continued funding of federal research grants, and expanding federal students loans and grants to make college more affordable.
And it’s time to expand school choice. A President Brownback would do just that.
The senator also touted school vouchers as a way for students to enroll in better-performing schools. He pointed to the success of Hope Scholarships in Washington, D.C., when touting the idea.
“We shouldn’t let children stay stuck in a system that fails them,” he said.
You can be sure that that’s exactly what a liberal would do. That’s why we need a principled, conservative Republican, Sam Brownback, at the helm.
I challenge Brownback opponents to find anything to disagree with here. I suspect the response will be little more than crickets.