I come from a family of teachers. I grew up going to public schools in South Carolina at a time when high schools routinely offered shop class, home economics, and AP credits. A “vocation” was as honorable as a “profession.” We need to get back to that way of thinking. And fast.
There are good, solid, well-paying jobs going unfilled here in South Carolina and around the country for one simple reason: a workforce without the skills to do the jobs that exist. That has to change, and vocational education is one part of the solution.
Education is local, but the state and federal government both hold a lot of the money. Let’s get it to the kids. We need to make K-12 decisions in our school districts, not in Washington or Columbia.
Also, how about trying my idea? Let the teachers teach and let the principals lead. It makes sense, right? Let them do what they do best and support them every way we can.
Finally, when each child of South Carolina is finished with school, let’s make sure they can support themselves and, one day, their own children.
That is my pledge for education in our great state.
Here’s how we will do it:
- Make the success of the child the focus of our efforts.
- Attract and keep the very best teachers in the profession.
- Get the money to the classroom, not the bureaucracy.
- Prepare every child to reach his or her God-given potential through career preparation and educational skills.
- Grade our schools A through F, and help those that are failing.
- Responsibly expand access to pre-K options for the state’s most at-risk children using the financial resources we already have.
- Teach children to read by the 3rd grade. No ifs, ands or buts.
- Provide executive management training to every school principal in South Carolina. Newer and established principals alike will benefit from this.