Will James Robertson

14700 Hudson Ave

Dos Palos, CA 93620

(209) 617-6478

will@riker17.com

July 11, 2017

Congressman David G. Valadao

1728 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Rep. Valadao,

Thank you for sending out the recent taxpayer-funded postcard survey regarding education. I have some suggestions and my full response would not fit in the space provided.

Education is a very important subject to me and I feel that our current system is seriously flawed and in need of repair. I would like to offer my solutions.

First, remove government from the equation at all levels. That means eliminating the federal, state, and local education bureaucracies and unions that prevent parents from being in charge of their respective children’s lives. Education must be handled by parents and students and politicians should not be involved at all. Politicians screw up everything they touch and that is so very evident in our current mass schooling systems nationwide.

Second, stop the state- and federally-mandated testing requirements. Allow each district to determine what its students need to succeed. Schooling on a local level is the best type of schooling.

Third, college and university is not the best option for everyone and it should be just another choice, not a near requirement. To that end, I would like to eliminate the SATs and related college testing. I am very proud to say that I never took the SATs or any college-prep testing and I also have not graduated college. I think college is a waste of time, money, and effort and it creates a dumbed-down workforce, incapable of thinking for themselves. I would prefer to see more high school students with the free time to work in entry-level jobs while searching for their ultimate life goals.

Lastly, and this is just the beginning, education should be earned through hard work and real-world skills based upon each individual student’s abilities and interests. Students should demonstrate they want to be in the workforce through perseverance and respect for what is provided to them. What I am suggesting is that education of all levels should be gained through manual and/or mental labor by each student. Homework should be replaced by working at the school during off-hours and that will teach the students to respect and appreciate what they are offered. Sadly, in our society right now, respect has been forgotten. We need to renew our call for respect at all levels.

This is what I offer for you to think about. I would be willing and able to discuss these ideas further if interested.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Will James Robertson