Ralph Regula Discusses Healthcare and Education at LINC Luncheon
October 21, 2009Ralph Regula, former U.S. representative from Ohio’s 16th district and 1948 graduate of Mount Union, presented “There is Life West of the Potomac” at the LINC luncheon on October 20.
Regula spent most of his presentation discussing healthcare and education in the United States.
“There are 33 states that have some form of government medicine,” he said. “Ohio is not one of the 33 states. Everyone should have the opportunity to be covered.”
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington recently asked Regula to serve as a scholar. He decided to focus his study on education because he believes that it is “the base for our future.” Regula noted that the United States is ranked 19th in the world regarding high school graduation rates, achievement and reading. He also stated that 30 percent of students do not finish high school.
“I looked at about 100 different studies and they all boiled down to one thing — the teacher,” he said. “We, as a society, aren’t willing to pay what we should pay for educators.”
He expressed to the audience that they should thank teachers and give them encouragement any chance they get.
“Teachers are the key to creating leadership in students and preparing them for the future,” said Regula. “We need to give students an education that will encourage them to get involved because the quality of this nation and future depend on it.”
Despite flaws in both the healthcare and education system in the United States, Regula believes that this country does have a wonderful constitution, upon which our nation was founded on many years ago.
Regula earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Mount Union in 1948 and a L.L.B. degree from William McKinley School of Law in 1956. He also holds an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Mount Union. He has served on the Mount Union College Board of Trustees since 1964.