|Pre K||Dual Credit|
|529 Plans||Community College|
|Class Room Size||Charter Schools|
|Parent Trigger||School Finance|
|Scholarship Tax Credit||School Vouchers|
The Green Party supports equal access to high-quality education, and sharp increases in financial aid for college students. A great challenge facing the people of the United States is to educate ourselves to build a just, sustainable, humane and democratic future, and to become responsible and effective citizens of the local and global communities we share. Greens believe every child deserves a public education that fosters critical and holistic thought, and provides the breadth and depth of learning necessary to become an active citizen and a constructive member of our society.
We do not believe our public school system, as it presently operates, helps us reach that goal. The Green Party is strongly opposed to the dissolution of public schools and the privatization of education. We believe that the best educational experience is guaranteed by the democratic empowerment of organized students, their parents and communities along with organized teachers. We must stop disinvestment in education and instead put it at the top of our social and economic agenda. Effective schools have sufficient resources. Too many of our teachers are overworked, underpaid, and starved of key materials. We also must be more generous to our schools so that our children will learn what generosity is, and know enough to be able to be generous to us in return.Greens believe in education, not indoctrination.
We do not think that schools should turn our children into servile students, employees, consumers or citizens. We believe it is very important to teach our children how to ask good questions.Unfortunately, we often expect too little from our students, teachers and schools. We must teach our children and teenagers to be leaders, and challenge them with great works of literature, economics, philosophy, history, music, and the arts. We also call attention to the results of a quarter century of corporate funding from the likes of the Bradley and Wal-Mart Family Foundations and a decade of No Child Left Behind — a vast, well-endowed and lucrative sector which seeks to dismantle, privatize, or militarize public education and destroy teachers unions. Regimes of high-stakes standardized testing and the wholesale diversion of resources away from public schools are provoking crises for which the bipartisan corporate consensus recommends school closings, dissolution of entire school districts and replacement by unaccountable, profit-based charter schools.
The Green Partyis unalterably opposed to the dissolution of public schools and the privatization of education. The Green Party views learning as a lifelong and life-affirming process to which all people should have access. We cannot state more forcefully our belief that in learning, and openness to learning, we find the foundation of our Platform.We recommend the following actions:
- Eliminate gross inequalities in school funding. Federal policy on education should act principally to provide equal access to a quality education.
- Provide free college tuition to all qualified students at public universities and vocational schools. It’s time to forgive all student and parent loans taken out to finance post-secondary and vocational education.
- Oppose the administration of public schools by private, for-profit entities.
- Increase funding for after-school and daycare programs.
- Promote a diverse set of educational opportunities, including bi-lingual education, continuing education, job retraining, distance learning, mentoring and apprenticeship programs.
- Give K-12 classroom teachers professional status and salaries commensurate with advanced education, training and responsibility.
- Teach non-violent conflict resolution and humane education at all levels of education.
- Prohibit advertising to children in schools. Corporations should not be allowed to use the schools as vehicles for commercial advertising or corporate propaganda.
- Provide healthy school meals that are rich in vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, and offer plant-based vegetarian options. Support Farm-to-School programs that provide food from local family farms and educational opportunities.
- Ban the sale of soda pop and junk food in schools. Junk food is defined as food or beverages that are relatively high in saturated or trans fat, added sugars or salt, and relatively low in vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber.
- Oppose military and corporate control over the priorities and topics of university academic research.
- Expand opportunities for universal higher education and life-long learning.
- Make student loans available to all college students, with forgiveness for graduates who choose public service occupations.
- Repeal the No Child Left Behind Act.
- Include a vigorous and engrossing civics curriculum in later elementary and secondary schools, to teach students to be active citizens.
- Encourage parental responsibility by supporting parenting, and increasing opportunities for parents to be as involved as possible in their children’s education. Values start with parents. Teaching human sexuality is a parental and school responsibility.
- Expand arts education and physical education opportunities at school.
- Recognize the viable alternative of home-based education.
- Oppose efforts to restrict the teaching of scientific in-formation and the portrayal of religious belief as fact.
- Provide adequate academic and vocational education and training to prisoners.
- We urge that our nation amend its “binding declaration” with respect to the “Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict” to join the rest of the world in setting 18 as the absolute minimum age for military recruitment.
- No person should be permitted to sign away eight years of their life to the armed forces, without full written disclosure of what is expected of them and what they can expect in return from the government. We demand that the practice of deceiving prospective service recruits about the truth of their service contract be recognized as a fraudulent practice and sufficient grounds for re-voking an enlistment contract. Current practices holding individuals legally to all the terms of their military service contract should also apply to the government.
- We demand an end to the militarization of our schools. JROTC programs are an expensive drain on our limited educational resources and a diversion from their important mission to prepare our young to assume their role in a peaceful tomorrow. ASVAB testing is being used to mine public school student bodies for data to support military recruiting. Forbid military access to student records. The Pentagon’s Recruitment Command is misdirecting public tax dollars on manipulative campaigns that prey on our young. We insist that local education authorities stand up to these destructive practices.
Source: Green Party Platform – Education