The official poverty rate in 2015 was 13.5 percent based on the U.S. Census Bureau's estimate. An estimated 43.2 million people live in poverty in the U.S.
In 2014, 6.5% of the UK population were in persistent poverty, equivalent to approximately 3.9 million people.
While women are at a high percentage of people living in poverty both in the US and the UK, it seems the main contributor seems to be education related. By Making education free to everyone to the level of acquiring a Batchelor Degree, I feel that we can drop the poverty rate under 8%. My goal is to work with Americans to find a way to bring the poverty rate less than 1%.
We Need to start with reform to our education system. The American education system is far from the best it could be. In fact, we are not even in the top fifty percent of countries that are rated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) who's education system are rated for student success through their education career and experience. However, there is a bright side here. We are also far from being the worst education system in the world.
There is room for substantial improvements, not just in what we teach our children, but, in how we teach our children. Let me clarify this a little further; our rankings in how well our children are reading are at the bottom of the top 15 countries according to the OECD website. When it comes to the sciences, we are even lower at about 17th compared to the other thirty-three (33) countries that have been graded. However, when it comes to the maths, the worst of the main three classes of education, America is in the lower portion of the 10 worst countries at 25th according to the OECD. You can read the full brief here in a PDF from the OECD
My plan is an eight years (8) year plan broken into four (4) parts. The first will be to bring the US education system into the 21st century. We will do this by making education free for all American citizens from early childhood education through sixteen, regardless of creed, racial heritage, income, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. I will also require that courses utilize electronics books and upgrade outdated blackboards, old computer systems, and testing systems.
From there we will adopt educational policies and practices from the top five countries on the OECD list and integrate them into the US Education System. We will do this by sending an envoy to these top five countries to evaluate and learn exactly what it is that they are doing differently than the US education system.
The next step will be to rework the curriculum for every grade from preschool through 12th grade making it more consistent and raising not only the quality of the material but, the level in which it is taught. We will then expand extracurricular activities and restoring activities that have been removed due to budget restraints. This will allow children to broaden their experiences in their education career.
We will then uniform the curriculum across the country so that every student learns as much as possible. We will make sure that class size is set to a manageable number of students so that every student receives the proper attention.