Imagine a world where children are taught how to think, not what to think. Imagine schools that instill a love of learning, rather than a fear of failing. Imagine teachers and administrators who are encouraged to lead..
Imagine a world where children are taught how to think, not what to think.

Imagine schools that instill a love of learning, rather than a fear of failing. Imagine teachers and administrators who are encouraged to lead and guide their students, rather than just manage and punish them. Healthy, smart children are the key to the future of District 8, our economy, our national security and our culture.

For too long our schools have been on a slow downward slope. If things continue as they are classrooms will soon be nothing more than holding centers for constrained minds. Were it not for the fierce passions of our hard working teachers and administrators, many kids would never develop their imagination and critical skills. With the help of these amazing professionals, we can reverse this.

I will work to build an education system second to none, so American students have the highest math, science and reading scores in the world. I’ll work to ensure that we have schools that reward teachers who teach well. I’ll support policy that creates a baseline national curriculum so that we can ensure every student’s access to knowledge that will connect them to economic and cultural imperatives of the future. And I’ll work to refocus our university system into a first class environment based on the learning and research that powers our nation’s innovation and productivity.

I believe in lifelong, year-round, free education for all. Consumers in a free-market and citizens in a Republic are both tasked with making high moral choices. They need to be educated and rational to do this, and our educational philosophy has been failing at this for decades. To support this we need a strong economy that lets parents work just one job, so they can spend more time with their kids, helping them learn and grow into productive citizens.

As a father of four kids in District 8’s public schools, I know how important it is that we make education a top priority. If we do not invest in our education as a first line of defense then we will perpetually be fighting ignorance as our last.