Vinson Xavier Palathingal
Dear Fairfax County Voters and FCPS Parents,
Our school system is in serious decay. It is failing miserably in fulfilling their primary responsibility to educate our children. Their focus is on social engineering and not on our children’s academic success. Their reckless spending contributes to our real estate taxes going through the roof year after year. They are moving in on the family’s responsibility for moral education by driving a wedge between children and parents.
I have a clear vision of what commonsense reforms can fix the issues. Please review various pages here on my website, to find out more about my ideas to reform Fairfax County School System as an At-Large board member. I am counting on your support!
Compensating the teachers above the other local jurisdictions is important but that alone won’t help. System’s refusal to pay higher wages to teachers of certain subjects that are in short supply contributes to many schools not being able to offer advanced level classes in such subjects.Read More
STEM related jobs are the jobs of the new economy and the number of STEM jobs going unfilled are exploding due to lack of qualified STEM graduates. We are increasingly dependent on foreign talent to fulfill this void. Read More
Despite all the efforts and money spent by FCPS for decades, schools serving the most vulnerable sections of the society are severely under performing in producing acceptable results. It is time to think out of the box. Read More
Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) / Gifted & Talented (GT) programs exist for a reason. They support gifted children’s needs by supporting high quality gifted and advanced education in FCPS. Read More
In addition to the explicit material that is already being taught to children as young as 4th grade, gender fluidity based not on science but on extraneous ideology was added to FCPS Family Life Education (FLE) (Sex Ed) curriculum starting from 7th grade. Read More
With text books gone and opportunity for participation only online, parents especially from the vulnerable sections of the society are effectively excluded from their children’s school lives. Students are given counseling involving sexual matters without parent’s consent or involvement. Read More
While FCPS has elaborate Security and Safety standards and procedures in place, there is minimal emphasize on ensuring armed security in all schools starting from K to 12. When it comes to lives of our children, we can’t take any chance at all. Read More
FCPS with a budget over 3 billion, which is about 53% of entire Fairfax County expenditure is a mammoth government entity producing mediocre to poor results. After decades of empty rhetoric of equity and diversity, our School Board has failed miserably Read More
He lives in McLean, Virginia with his wife and technology leader Asha Palathingal. Vinson and Asha have two children, Xavier & Stephen, both graduated from McLean High School. They both went to UVA for their Computer Science degrees, Xavier graduated in 2015 and Stephen will graduate in 2021. During his children’s school years, Vinson has been a mentor to many students and has volunteered many hours in Fairfax County school programs. Such activities include being a yearlong instructor for ‘Hands on Science’ program at Haycock Elementary School, providing parental guidance to student teams in Science Olympiad at Longfellow Middle School and helping his son founding and successfully launching the Science Olympiad team at McLean High School.
Vinson is a technology entrepreneur and the executive director of the Indo-American Center. He has vast experience with engineering and technology industries over the last 3 decades, that ranges from buildings and road construction to block chains and artificial intelligence. As an insider of the technology industry, Vinson has access to the network and knowledge hub enabling him to be a good mentor providing guidance to youth. He serves as a career counselor to many, especially STEM graduates, providing insights into industry workings and knowledge on best-suited career paths. He has substantial experience in providing IT training to individuals from across different disciplines. He has successfully facilitated migration of professionals from different fields who are interested in and wanted to pursue different types of IT jobs, without having to earn a degree in technology.
His vision for STEM education is driven by an idea of blended educational programs that cover technical, psycho-social and experiential trainings. Such an approach liberates classrooms of traditional learning and nourishes informal learning environments that are technologically stimulating. Students are thereby exposed to thrilling and lucrative futures in IT and can first-hand witness their contribution affecting change. Vinson engages closely with the Indian diaspora, whose continued dependence and success from technology has largely shaped their standing in American society. Vinson intends to leverage this expertise and help perpetuate that to mainstream America.
Vinson is a proactive leader in the Indian American Community activities nationally and has his signature on many important events and campaigns that happened in the community. In 2015, Vinson started the 501 (c) (3) foundation, the Indo-American Center, a free-market think tank spreading the message of liberty and small government ideals in both India and the US. Vinson is determined to do whatever it takes to ensure that the socialist communist principles and a centrally controlled economy that he had to run away from in India for better opportunities in US, doesn’t follow him and take a foot hold in his adopted land.
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