As a child growing up in Paterson my parents had strict limits on where they could put my siblings and I for education. The government has no right to tell people where they are allowed to get their education from. Whether it be homeschooling, public schools, charter, or private; I strongly believe that it is the parent who should have the final say as to where their children can receive their education. As your congressman I will fight for school choice. This will give parents the ability to send their children to any school of their choosing regardless of regulations set by the state.
Our current school system in NJ is failing our future. We have been trained to learn one way. There have been multiple studies that have shown that students learn in different ways.
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Our current school system focuses solely on the auditory and visual. Some of our children learn better hands on, some learn better in other ways. We have standardized tests that train our children to think, behave and comprehend in the same way. Let’s say we have a class of 25 students. our current curriculum teach 25 students to all think in one way, and they are tested all in the same way. out of 25 we make 1 mind. The problem is this method of teaching incentivizes schools to gauge how well a school is doing based on how teachers teach, over how children learn.
With my plan schools will implement shadow programs that will benefit students, businesses, and the existing education structure. Due to the setbacks our country is currently facing with the COVID-19 outbreak we will need a strong and educated workforce to get our country back on track. How do we expect to Keep America great when our youth are unequipped for the challenges we will face in the future?
With my plan to implement shadow programs, schools will work hand in hand with local businesses involved in the trades such as mechanics, electrical, engineering, medical and health, plumbing, metal work, carpentry, the arts, and culinary arts. Students currently enrolled in school will learn skills that will benefit them later in life. Students will have the opportunity to try multiple trades before settling on one that suits their desire the most. You can only get children to learn effectively when we teach them based on their own learning styles.
During a student’s time in high school they will be able to spend a minimum of 3 hours a week working alongside established businesses that have mastered their crafts. In order for a plan like this to be successful a tax break will be given to business owners that can be used to reinvest into these programs for transportation, lunches and payment for young interns. Students will be able to earn a small wage while interning. This gives students the opportunity to earn an income while learning skills that they will always have to fall back on if college is not an option for them.
America has a shortage of workers in these high paying fields and what better way to fill the void than to train the next generation before they get to college? A program like this will allow students to be job ready before they get out of high school and give them the opportunity to pay their way through college with jobs that offer a good starting wage.
The intelligence of our students should not be judged by numbers and scores. This only benefits the schools and the teachers. Students should be judged based on their skills, creativity, and merit. Our future needs creative minds and I sincerely believe that this program will be the best way forward for our future!