Obama is Saving the U.S. Education System

The current stimulus package contains $140 billion for schools nationwide. Obama’s view of education is vastly different from Bush’s (perhaps it’s because he was a college professor):

The figures in the stimulus package for schools “are astonishing,” said Mike Kirst, former state Board of Education president and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University.

“(Former President George W.) Bush spent a little money for a brand-new program with enormous impact on public schools,” he said, referring to the $1.2 billion spent each year on No Child Left Behind.

“By contrast, Obama is spending enormously more money on education than Bush – it intensifies the federal role but does not change the substance of what schools are doing. It’s the reverse of Bush.”

$10 billion is slated for California’s schools. This is much needed to prevent layoffs and cuts. Education is the most important investment we, as a society, can make in our future. The future of the U.S. economy relies on educating our future workforce.

Unfortunately, our education system is falling behind. We rank almost #30 in the world for education (we used to be #1). There are many reasons for this decline and I won’t point fingers. The bottom line is we need reform! We need to find models which are teaching students the skills to succeed in today’s world, not yesterday’s. It will be a major ideological shift for parents and educators but we will continue to fall further behind if changes are not made.

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13 Responses to “Obama is Saving the U.S. Education System”


  1. 1 Rafael Barrera January 28, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Kids don;t want to spend there time learning if they have “more important stuff to do” like video games, ipods, cellphones, ect. 10 B is great but what is that money going to do if kids are to lazy to manage their time effectively. How can teacher enforce what they teach if kids “don’t have to listen to them”. There is to many way outs in society today. The root of the problem is parents in the home not doing what they are supposed to do. If kids behave then maybe teachers can teach them and we won’t have to spend so much money on school programs teaching kids how to behave.

  2. 2 quiche January 28, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    I know that this is a good start to begin to recover our economy crisis. What president George W. Bush did in the past, we should not linger to but to move forward with Obama’s plan for education. It’s obvious that Obama cares about education and wants to better educate our students. Moreover, we as students should take his generosity and consideration and get our nation’s education back to the top.

  3. 3 Cristhian Ayvar January 28, 2009 at 11:28 PM

    I do not believe that this is a poor decision on Obama’s part. Kids have become lazy and uninterested in school because of the poor educational tools provided in the classrooms of today. Times are changing and so must the different methods of educations. Investing more money in schools with mean higher pay for teachers, giving them the materials they need to teach effectively. More programs will be created and children will no longer be forced to dumb themselves down.Personally I feel as though I was cheated out of an education because of the lack of money schools receive from government. With limited supplies, teachers are not able to “do there jobs effectively”. Thank you Obama!

  4. 4 bhumika January 29, 2009 at 8:39 AM

    well I think education is very important for everyone but the sad thing is not everybady can afford it, especially colleges it cost major dollers a year. what goverment should do is they shoud provide higher education during school so students dont get hard time when they enter in college. Highschool education in U.S getting more worst, students are involving themselves in drugs and alchohole then doing studies. goverment should make more laws for highschool students. I think Obama is on right path by giving his attention to U.S education system.

  5. 5 Ricardo Olmos January 29, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    This is a reasonable disicion on Obama’s behalf considering how much more money the U.S education system will get. 140 billion dollars is a lot of money, so I have no doubt it, we will see a significant change. The money can pay for materials like textbooks, lab equipment, and also create more jobs for teachers since there will be more money for school related events. Even if some peopel are skeptical about Obamas’s choice, in the long-run our whole nation will benifit from the investment in education. We cant let our education system fall behind. This money will train our schools to have the skills for there profession when they enter the workforce or start a career.

  6. 6 Claudio Ramirez January 29, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    I believe what President Obama is doing for our edcuation system is astonishing. The simple fact in the difference of his stimulus package compared to President Bushs’ says it all. We can all agree that reform is need, and I believe with time and support President Obama can lead us through that reform and beyond. President Obama understands the importance of our education systems and the decline that is has suffered in recent years. I would strongly agree with Mr. Kirst in the sense that the future of the U.S. economy relies on educating our future workforce. I believe education is innovation in the sense that we as a society should invest in education and in the education of our children which will motivate them that much more to succeed. Education is the most important investment we, as a society, can make in our future as refered in this article.

  7. 7 Gabriela Corona January 29, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    In my opinion education is priceless. The United States provides all children a free education that will help our future. Obama’s decision may not seem the best for many people, but I believe it is. Giving the school system $140 billion will have a significant change in the education students receive. As mentioned in the article the education system ranked 20 places lower than it used to be, going from number 1 to 30, meaning our education level is decreasing. The children are the future of this country and if they do not receive a high-quality education the United States will drastically keep lowering the education standards. With this money the schools can hire more teachers that are well educated to work at schools. They can also buy more school materials for the classrooms. Obama is definitely beginning on the right track.

  8. 8 Nancy Moussa January 29, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    I hope that Obama’s stimulus package on education ends up reforming our education systems. It’s sad that our school system is ranked 30th, I have faith that we will work our way back up to the top. It’s great that Obama is giving our schools the attention they need.

  9. 9 Samantha Arnold January 29, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    Education is the most important thing we can give our young people and even adults. So i think president Obama is on the right track by giving 10 billion dollars to the education system. With that much money there will be more text books, more computers, better libraries, and teachers will be able to keep their job. I truly do hope that this reforms our education system a country that edication is offered to all and is free and theres a law that you have to go to highschool is not doing so well. Us young people are the future of our country it is important that we are educated to the fullest.

  10. 10 LK Economics February 4, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    I am glad to see President Obama stepping up to the plate when it comes to education. Many programs have been cut which are needed in the schools. Not every student learns the same so we need to look for alternative methods to teach the students. Many students learn faster using other type of methods like hands on with computers. A program I wish they would impliment in junior high and high schools in the Kurweil Program. Having a disability myself it’s a great way to study. Having books online with flashcards, practice tests, and interactive games help make learning much enjoyable. We need to move to the futuristic types of learning tools available.

  11. 11 tdubs February 9, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    The schools in California are impacted to a level which is far from what is needed for a proper education and teachers are being laid off making it even more impacted. There have also been significant cuts to the resources available to the schools (text books, computers ect.) California’s educational system is going to be responsible for educating the next generation which may be relied upon for getting us out of this crisis and their futures are being jeopardized by the overcrowding of out schools. Its about time we start protecting our schools.

    http://www.caivp.org

  12. 12 Houck24 March 15, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    I think that it is great that Obama is putting so much more money in schools. However, I think that there needs to be some sort of regulation or someone needs to keep a good eye on how the money is spent to ensure that it is used for necessities. It is important for our youth to be highly educated for the overall well being of the nation. Also, I hope some of that money is used to drive down the overwhelming costs of UCs and CSUs

  13. 13 Fr,K November 16, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    More money is not going to make our education system leap to the #1 position. The reason our schools are ranked 30th is because the majority of students to not have the work ethic needed to put it at the top. The reason Japan is near the top is because they go to school for 235 days of the year, versus our 180 days, more time for learning = more knowledge gained. I support Obamas decision for the $10B allocation since it will keep teachers around and schools open. However, if the American educational system wants to be in the pole position we need to make our school year longer, there is no reason we need two months off for summer.


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