“All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.” – Aristotle

 I will work for freedom, choice, and quality in education. As the product of public schools and the son of two lifetime teachers, I know Washington and Nashville should get out of the classroom. My experience as a substitute teacher in public schools and currently as an adjunct professor at Union University has demonstrated to me that parents and their children should have school choice by letting school funding dollars be used for public, private, or even home schooling. This will allow all schools to compete to provide the best education and allow parents to better choose how their children will be educated, regardless of the parent’s income level. Make technological training a respected alternative for students who do not wish to pursue a college degree. Allow classes to be segmented based on student ability; no more mainstreaming. Provide for more alternative learning environments for students who do not wish to appreciate the value of an education.