Up until I started college, I had never given education a serious thought.
What I mean by this is that, I had never thought of the expenses that go into the education system here in America.
When the totals began to add with tuition and room and board, I worried I would not receive a loan that would carry me through my first year of college.
Luckily for me, I was able to create a financial plan for myself that would aid me in paying for college. Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky. Now that I am 19 years old and about to be 20 in a few weeks, I am able to vote in the upcoming presidential election, which is something I am rather excited about.
In the beginning, I thought I would choose a candidate who would be best for the country as a whole.
Now, the more I think about it, I have decided I am going to be a little more selfish in my decision.
I am going to vote for the one I think would benefit me the most.
Ithink President Obama would do just that. One of the main aspects of his campaign I fully support is his educational reform program.
We have to face it.
The option of college is no longer a privilege for some, but a prerequisite for all.
The world is changing. Jobs that are around today were not there 20 years ago, and these jobs require a high level of education.
In order to make college affordable for all, Obama has set his sights in the direction of the federal government, states, colleges and universities to promote affordability by reigning in college costs.
The Obama Administration has taken leaps in the positive direction that involve reforming our student aid system to become better equipped and reliable by expanding grant aid and college tax credits.
Recently, the president was able to have Congress approve a $10,000 college tax credit that would take place over four years.
To keep tuition from rising too high and to create greater value in the education system, the president will propose reforms to federal campus-based programs in order to take aid away from colleges that fail to keep tuition down.
These reforms will also benefit colleges and universities that do their fair share to keep tuition affordable, provide good value and serve students well.
These changes in federal aid to campuses will average $10 billion annually to keep tuition down.
Who would not love that?
Another point the president is trying to make is America needs to play catch-up when it comes to foreign education systems.
Obama would like to focus on math and science courses in the classroom, and add 100,000 new teaching positions.
By doing this, Obama feels this would help to ensure that America will continue to be a leader in innovation internationally.
By adding more federal aid to the education system, he would be giving more to teachers but expecting more back, saying teachers would need to be more accountable.
Obama would be the best candidate for education. Most others who support him agree with this same statement, regardless of their age.
A strong education is what is going to help this country strive to be as strong as it once was.
They say the best place to start is at the beginning, so if a quality education is instilled early, imagine the possibilities.