Our Goal: Return American Students to #1 in the World by 2026
Up With America encourages and embraces a return to recognized successful instructional systems, strict classroom procedures, absolute discipline and, at least until our public schools are turned around, school choice. Further, we will work to decentralize the nation’s education system, using limited federal funding to establish priorities only, while returning control and supervision of education to parents, teachers and local school systems.
If America had declined in military or economic strength at the same rate as the precipitous plunge of our once proud public education system, alarmists would have placed this issue at the very top of today’s political agenda. Sadly, it may very well be that because we have failed to educate today’s leaders properly, they have failed to grasp the impending disaster that is our modern and deeply flawed education system in America.
Just 40 years ago, America’s public education system was the envy of the world. Today, the United States is losing ground in education at a dizzying rate. Among adults age 25 to 34, the U.S.. is now ninth among industrialized nations in the share of its population that has at least a high school degree. In the same age group, the United States ranks seventh, with Belgium, in the share of people who hold a college degree.
Insist of Maximum Freedom of School Choice
Utilize States as Incubators for New Ideas
Return Control of Education to Local & State Government
Dramatically Downsize the Federal Department of Education (DOE)
Immediately Remove DOE’s Ability to Create UnFunded Mandates
Form a Blue-Ribbon Commission on Efficiency & Effectiveness
Reward Teachers on Merit, Not Tenure
Renewed Emphasis on The Three Rs
Renew Our Focus on Physical Education & The Arts
Renewed Focus on K-12; College and Vocational Education
By both measures, the United States was first in the world as recently as 20 years ago, said Barry McGaw, director of education for the Paris-based Organization for Cooperation and Development. The 30-nation organization develops the yearly rankings as a way for countries to evaluate their education systems and determine whether to change their policies.
“The money we spend on education should follow the choice of the parents, not the choice of
educrats, bureaucrats, politicians, who, unfortunately, have been manipulating this process
in their own career interests, not in the interests of our young people.”
- Alan Keyes