This 5 page paper addresses the issues of education and health care as discussed by Kerry and Bush. Various things are included such as prayer in the schools, No Child Left Behind and the Kerry health care proposal. The paper presents a relatively objective point of view. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
decades health care costs have risen and the public education system is not doing well. On the health care front, insurance is becoming less and less affordable and medical costs
are rising. The middle class becomes caught in the gap. They are not on a government assistance program that affords them free health care, but paying for dental, medical and
so forth has become an uncomfortable burden. In terms of education, many have described the public education system as being less than stellar. Public education in fact has become
mediocre and children are not being adequately prepared for higher education. In fact, many high school students find that their coursework is not sufficient to prepare them for the rigorous
courses provided in college and so they usually need tutoring or fail in their first year. Each of the 2004 presidential candidates have discussed these issues. George Bush continues
to reiterate the benefits of the No Child Left Behind law that his administration passed. This has been a controversial one indeed as many teachers and school systems do not
like the rigorous requirements that the Act has implemented. The chief complaint is that while the Federal government imposes higher standards, it has not sufficiently supplemented the needy systems with
cash. In essence, schools continue to fail not because they do not want to do better but because they do not have the wherewithal to implement the change. Critics of
public schools often cite the reasons for the failure as having little to do with funding and point to parochial schools that survive on less money and provide better education.
The Republican platform not only embraces No Child Left Behind, and the ideology that accompanies it, but also issues such as school choice and prayer in schools (Cavanagh and