One of the problems with our black leadership is that they do not demonstrate any foresight into the future. They have grown to be a reactionary force; a group that is swift in its response to the Katrina of the day. Black America needs leadership that possesses the ability to not only lead within the moment, but also anticipate issues that will arise in the future. I am that leader. I have listened to the constituents, engaged them in conversation concerning the future of black
One concern that has been brought up is the issue of our education system. It is no secret that our public schools have deteriorated across
The answer to this problem may lie within school vouchers. I find it incomprehensible that many of our poor families are forced to send their children to schools that are under funded and possess inadequate lesson plans that are taught by less-than enthusiastic teachers. Tax-payer dollars should be spent on quality education, and we should not force people to use their hard-earned money to pay for what passes for a quality education. Under my plan, families would be able to use their tax dollars to send their children to schools of their choosing. It seems unfair to force children to attend schools that employ teachers that don’t care about them. Let’s give parents the option to send their children where they think the best education is available.
Some may argue that a school voucher system turns its back on the public school system, a system that has been the bedrock of
At the same time, I don’t believe that the public school system is beyond repair. However, it will take some time to change the culture within our public schools. That is why I believe vouchers are necessary at this time: today’s children can not and should not have to wait for tomorrow’s improvements. As we do intensive and extensive work on our public schools for the future, let’s do what we can to educate our children now.
As we work to improve our public schools, we have to focus on holding entire school administrations accountable. It is necessary that we understand that every individual that makes a decision concerning our children – from school superintendents to teachers to janitors – have to do their job correctly in order for students to succeed. We have to revolutionize public schools – make sure that salaries are tied to performance. Employee paychecks should mirror student success. Anything less lets these individuals off the hook, and the education of our children – and the stability of our future – is too important for us to relinquish responsibility.
Public school education is just one of the many realities that hold our people back from a prosperous future. This issue is far too complex for me to believe that I have all of the answers. I am in this struggle with you, and as President of Black America, I want your input.
Are vouchers the way to go?