Obama vs McCain on Education
Stats show that 70% students graduate from high school, but how will this improve in the future? In today’s society there are not as many jobs that can support a family where only a high school diploma is required. There are ways to improve education and both candidates are working on improving America's education. Although both, Obama and McCain are running to better serve the United States, they portray differences and similarities in their approach to improve education. They both have different views on various aspects of education including; teacher recruitment, the No Child Left Behind Act, early childhood education, and schooling options.
Teacher recruitment is a major aspect of education. Students depend on the teachers for learning and assistance. Statistics show that 30% of new teachers leave within five years of their teaching profession (“Education”). If America has better teachers then education will drastically improve. Obama wants to help schools recruit 30,000 teachers a year, particularly well qualified teachers in high poverty and high minority schools (“Highlights of Barack Obama’s Education Proposals”). However, McCain wants to only reward good teachers and help bad teachers find a job outside of education (“Where Candidates Stand on Education”). Obama wants to expand teacher programs and reward teachers with scholarships that commit to teaching in a high need field or school for at least four years (“Where Candidates Stand on Education”). Similarly, McCain believes in giving bonus’s to high performing teachers in a challenging education class, like Math (“Highlights of John McCain’s Education Proposals”).
The No Child Left Behind act has had some issues that need to be fixed. Both candidates want to improve the issues but each have a different view. Obama wants congress to fix the failures by giving school districts more funding, approximately $18 Billion more to federal education spending (“Where...