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Faith Loudon Weighs in on Education

The Pasadena resident vying for Maryland’s 4th Congressional District seat gives her opinions on education in Anne Arundel County.

When Faith Loudon, Republican candidate for Maryland’s 4th Congressional District seat, she weighed in on some important issues for the 2012 election.

In a three-part series, Patch will bring you Loudon’s views on education, same-sex marriage and the Dream Act.

First up, Loudon discusses the education system as a whole, and how it affects students in Anne Arundel County Schools:

As a mother of three and a grandmother of seven, Loudon has spent a lot of time in local schools and has a first-hand account of how the education system affects the children it teaches. She says there is plenty of room for improvements.

“A while ago, the federal government stepped in to make our education better, the education department in [Washington, DC] was formed and we have thrown all of the money that they collect from people in Pasadena into the federal government and we are now 25 or 27 in the world for education ... This is a danger.”

While she thinks that No Child Left Behind had the right intentions in the beginning, she said it is now hurting today’s education systems. Teachers who want good ratings are "teaching to the test," which is hurting the overall education of their students.

Loudon said there needs to be changes with the department of education and the Anne Arundel County school board, which is something she is hoping to impact if elected.

“We need to get rid of the Department of Education,” she said. “We need to have some sort of control so everyone in the United States gets math and reading, but it needs to be in local control. In Anne Arundel County, we need . Everyone around us has an elected school board except us. And we need to have some control over what they are doing to our schools.”

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Amy Leahy July 10, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Don't worry Cynthia…that particular board member is off the board because of term limits. Hopefully his replacement will be more logical. But then, since O'Malley gets to pick, I wouldn't hold my breath. We need a petition drive to get this on the ballot for an elected school board in Anne Arundel County. Last time this was tried we didn't have the online petitions available to us.
Katherine Butcher July 10, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I am volunteering for the Faith Loudon Campaign because I believe she is spot on about education and the other issues, too. I homeschooled my children because I felt the school system was short changing them. Now they are both very successful college students. I grew up in Ohio. There we not only elected our school boards, but, if the schools (or any other local government entity such as the police and fire departments)wanted increased funding, it was a ballot issue. They had to as the voters to approve the increase in taxes that would be required on property taxes to fund the issue.
niallasaorsa August 07, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Faith is spot on "No Child Left Behind" has become "No Child Gets Ahead". I would also like to comment on how much power the school board has that is until International Baccalaureat application and candidate and accreditation is applied for and finally IB Accreditation is given. From the application point, sovereignty of our HS schools and the feeder schools is given over to International Baccalaureate which is run by UNESCO out of Brussels. Yes, it actually states in the contract and the application, that IB curriculum must be followed above all Federal State and Local Mandates. Currently, Maryland is spending AT LEAST 12B to fund the IB programs. Nationwide it is over 338B. My guess is three times that because we only have visibility of the fully accredited schools. Though proponents say IB is a rigorous academic program, test scores are falling, acheivement goals have been ripped out of the curriculum (i.e. AA county took Algebra out of 6th Grade to promote MSA Test Scores.) This information is all verifiable on www.IBO.org IBs own website with the exception of the costs which are kept well hidden in the school budgets. I have personally spoken to AA county school employees who put the cost per school per years at 200+K per year per school. I also have power point presentation from former IB School Officials who stupidly gave up the power they so coveted to UNESCO and arm of the UN to which the United States supposedly does not belong too.
niallasaorsa August 07, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Correction on above comment 12Million not Billion.
Amy Leahy August 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Now that our legislature passed the bill giving the superintendent the ability to influence the lifting of our tax cap, we see this U.N. program coming into play. Not only is Agenda 21 hitting us on the programming aspect of school education but now also in the pocketbook by giving the state authority over the counties on their budgets.

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