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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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Gary Thompson July 09, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I believe she is dead on about the school board, they are un-accountable to no one, they control millions of dollars from the system, and guess what the system keeps growing with little results. Gary Thompson, Pasadena.
Amy Leahy July 09, 2012 at 01:49 PM
If anyone out there thinks the school board positions are not already political, I would ask that you consider the appointments are all done by one person....the Governor of our state. That's about as political as it gets. This is why we have a school board that may be diverse in appearance but in their actions they are all on the same page. The school board members don't really represent the politically diverse Anne Arundel County population.
Brenda Yarema July 09, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Who better to know what is best for the students and teachers within the school district in Anne Arundel County than the people of Anne Arundel county? Education Department figures show that the average private elementary school tuition in America is less than $2,500. The average tuition for all private schools, elementary and secondary, is $3,116, or less than half of the cost per pupil in the average public school, $6,857. The issue is all about providing the best education for our local students. Why not let the citizens of Anne Arundel give it a try? Could we do any less than the existing structure?
Kenny Hopkins July 09, 2012 at 03:01 PM
My comment to Mrs Loudon's statements (1) my thoughts exactly on the school board! (2) every parent in America now realizes that schools/teachers are focused only on our standardized tests and not thoughtful curriculum (3) finally, how can our legislators stand idly by while our education systems turns to muck. Close down the Dept of Ed! Faith gets my vote here for sure.
John Norville July 09, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Faith Loudon has a lot of public leadership experience & good ideas on many relevant topics. She deserves your vote this Nov. for U.S. House of Representatives for the Fourth Congressional District.
hawkeye July 09, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Charter schools and voucher systems do much better than the public schools where there is no choice. Blows my mind that the current Congresswoman, Donna Edwards voted AGAINST vouchers for Washington D.C. children….just like the POTUS. These two are trying to keep the blacks on the plantation with that vote.
Tim Hallihan July 09, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Wow! A breath of fresh air! Someone who will apply a bit of good old common sense to the education problem and hopefully to the fiscal problems our nation is facing. I look forward to hearing more from this candidate.
cynthia July 09, 2012 at 06:30 PM
The Department of Education educates NO ONE! It is merely another agency that fails and taxpayer money is wasted. It needs to be dissolved. As far as the Anne Arundel County Board of Education goes, they surely are not interested in any input from parents unless it goes along with their views. One board member in particular comes to my mind, he is a relentless cheerleader for all the failing schools in AA County. Why do you think the "magnet " programs are in the less desirable schools? It attracts the higher level students and their test scores boost the magnet school. It is shell game. I am seeking someone who is honest and has a moral compass. I have met Faith Louden and I believe she is the person to best represent me and my family.
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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