Education has always been the stepping stone to a prosperous future and it must be available and affordable to everyone. In 2009, 38 years after completing my Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, I returned to college and obtained my Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership. I had two reasons to return to school: (1) The program would give me information and insight as to how to be a better leader in my company; and (2) I wanted to be an example to my grandchildren that education is a continuing process and that you are never too old to learn.
Education is never ending and it provides people with the skills and knowledge they need to join or compete in today's changing workforce. Over the past 100 years, we have replaced the horse and buggy with automobiles, train stations with airports, and typewriters with personal computers. New ideas are being turned into reality every day, and we need an educated workforce to meet the demands of today's industries. Our schools cannot be limited to only teaching students a subject, they must teach a student how to learn.
I believe education is a local and individual matter, with parents and the teachers making decisions for what is best for the child/student. I would like to see the role of the federal government reduced and allow local communities to be responsible for educating our children. This will shrink the cost of education and help reduce the number of children in the elementary school classrooms to 20 students. Student funding assistance needs to be available not only to those going on to colleges and universities, but for high school graduates who want to go to technical and trade schools. Education is the most important tool we have to eliminate poverty. In order to make sure quality and affordable education remains a top priority, it will take leadership, not politics.