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Tillman: "Rally for Education" in Tampa


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"Good evening Tampa! It is an honor to be here with you. Tonight our focus will be education. The first step towards continuing our progress in this country is to continue to improve our education system. The United States is ranked 21st in the world in education according to the United Nations index. We score below average in math and science, which is entirely unacceptable. There was a time when we led the world in these categories. At the height of the 20th century our country achieved great accomplishments. We perfected the automobile and the electrical grid. We split the atom and we broke the sound barrier. And arguably our greatest accomplishment was when President John F Kennedy declared “We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too” and that is just what we did. We were able to accomplish these great things because we were educated. Over the last half century we have lost our way, lost the motivation to explore and advance our students minds. We have become complacent with mediocrity.

As President, I will challenge us to make our education system the jewel of the world once again. This will not be easy, but it is a necessary challenge that we must arise to the occasion as a country. We accomplish this by updating our textbooks and bringing modern technology into the classroom. Our students should not be subject to 20 year old textbooks that are out of date to the world around them. Our system will move from a general testing based system to a subject specific based system, allowing for educators to teach the subject properly rather than a general test. I will also bring new era of educators to the forefront in our schools, teachers that teach in the specific fields that they study and we will raise teacher compensation across this country. We will also promote trade and skill education back into our high schools. Although we will make improvements at the national level, I will push to give more power over education to the states and local communities. Communities know what is best for the education of their students and should have input over regional curriculum. We will make available grants to the local districts to implement even more reforms that the local level. We can make our education system the best in the world once again, however it will take your help to make this vision a reality. Come November vote yes on more years of progress. "


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