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.”