If public education is allowed to survive, all efforts to resuscitate the inert husk of modern civilization will fail. It is time to unravel the most wasteful and destructive entitlement program of all. Cancer cells do not divide into healthy cells. A corrupted, power-intoxicated political class will not willingly raise a freedom-loving, self-reliant populace. Governments must no longer be allowed to pre-determine their nations´ fates, by mass producing the populace that serves their interests.
Allowing the "general welfare" phrase in the Constitution to legitimize things like public schooling and Social Security is the mother of all cave-ins the Right grants to the Left, pulling the floor out from under its own feet and nullifying any ideological advantage it would have against Marxism-creep. Since when do free people allow the State to "educate" their children? Answer: they don´t.
If you want to see innovation, a return to serious standards, a choice of educational paths and methods, a committed group of parents, a supportive community, high academic standards, and intellectually serious educators engaged in honest and productive debate, stop by your local homeschool convention. Sure, some people don´t do it as well as others, but as the author says, that´s an isolated problem rather than a systemic one. Given a choice, a randomly chosen homeschool parent would be far more likely to provide a quality education to your child than the public education system.
Excellent article, worth the cup-of-coffee length reading time.
FTA: [I]f Barack Obama wishes to send his children to Bill and Bernardine´s house, he is free to do so. The problem is that in a public education system, you are not free *not* to do so with your children.
This is why some countries have made home schooling illegal to the point that the State could take your children from you. The Bible says to train your child in the way that they should go and they will never depart from it. Notice there are no ages mentioned here. I say that that is an admonition to home school for the life long benefit of your child and not send your kids to be brainwashed at a public school.
A good beginning would be to abolish Jimmy Carter´s Department of Education and return control to the individual States. Once the pride of the nation, the Public Education System has steadily deteriorated since control was given over to the Feds. In my State, the Feds provide about 11% of the funds for PE, but insist on 100% control over most aspects of the system. In addition to the therapeutic effect on education, abolishing the Dept of Ed would save billions--a beginning to dissolving the debt.
Reply 8 has put his finger on the source of the problem. It was the establishment of a Federal department - the Dept. of Education.
Before that, the system this writer advocates, whether he knows it or not, was in effect and worked well for 100 years. The states were in charge of education. I saw it at work and count myself lucky to be old enough to have received that education. t. One of my children, now in his fifties, remembers being vaguely aware that an old system was passing away. His teacher was old school and in defiance of orders taught her to read by the phonics method. His older brother got phonics legitimately. I was amazed at how much he could read in only six weeks. Their sister was stuck with look/say. That she ever learned to read at all is a confirmation of her intelligence. Many did not. Remember, Johnnyt can´t read?
Can a federal department ever be abolished? Ronald Reagan said they were the closest thing to immortality we would ever see. And, think of all the unemployment!
The ruling libertards claim the "little people" can´t be trusted with their own money, because they can´t grasp complex issues like personal finance. That´s an airtight indictment of public education not doing its job. One thing that all Americans should be, once through primary education, is competent with money, not experts on diversity, and equalization of outcomes, aka socialism, American Idol, etc.
Interesting piece and comments. As a "teacher educator" who sees the rot from the inside, I have a few reactions. One is that until local school boards wean themselves from the state and federal teats flowing with progressive milk money, things will keep getting worse.
Solutions? If you think our Republic is already lost, why bother? If you think there is still a chance -homeschooling is great and getting better. It will preserve a remnant of Constitutional Americans.
Beyond that we have to think outside the box, become more competitive with the public schools. For jr./sr. high, skilled trade organizations might offer training programs for plumbers, mechanics etc. that bypass BOCES. Give young kids on-the-job training and require 2 or 3 hours of schooling for essential skills. Unions have helped demolish apprenticeship programs; this might be time to bring them back. Good paying life-long jobs with little or no college debt sounds like a winner to me.
continued: For those who cannot see their way out of public schools, talk to teachers. Acknowledge the hard work so many of them do as they are held accountable for the joyless and impossible - to get every student to score above average on a standardized test. Organize other parents to keep children home on test days.
Gift your school libraries and your teacher´s classroom libraries with traditional American folks stories and music. When they ask for community members to read to children, bring in Paul Bunyan (remember him?) or Froggy went a Courtin´, or a beautiful picture book with words to our patriotic songs.
Many teachers are Democrats by choice. They think that Republicans and Conservatives don´t care about children. Give them reasons to reconsider that myth. Establish strong, helpful relationships and then, when you see content that is unacceptable or one-sided, you can have a conversation that begins with respect.
These are very minor suggestions - there is much more to be done on the national stage in terms of changing the conversation on education. We need strident outspoken leaders who speak to the underlying theoretical issues, like Jonescu does in this article. But for individual moms and dads, remember that most elementary teachers want children to behave, to read well and to love reading. The system has failed them, too. Let´s get them on our side. Ramona (the Pest)
NEO - the Network for Educational Opportunity - a coalition of private, church-related, and homeschoolers with a PLAN to free the next generation from the handcuffs of the failing public school establishment.
A good site to visit for workable strategies to get our kids out of the public schools.
The federal government has no business being involved in education at any level. While I support the concept of K12 being financed and administered at the local school board level, realistically I think privatizing is the way to go. As long as government is involved, nothing will change. We sacrificed material things to get our kids out of the government system. Homeschool or private school. Your kids are worth it.
Wait until that cryin´ Arnie Duncan plants a Race to the Top flag in your community. Funds will go to a regional school board, taking everything out of the hands of the parents, and local school boards. Of course the money will be redistributed to inner-city schools, your tax dollars flowing to already failing institutions. Not a pretty picture, looks like Detroit meets the local school district, failure ensues.
In a perverse bit of post-trial agitprop, ABC News somehow recruited the one woman of color on George Zimmerman´s "all white" jury and twisted her words to reflect the presumed editorial position of ABC News. In this clip from an exclusive Robin Roberts interview which has played just about everywhere including CBS News, Roberts says to the juror, "Some people have said, point blank, ´George Zimmerman got away with murder.´ How do you respond to those people who say that?" In the edited video ABC floated about, "Maddy" answers unhesitatingly, "George Zimmerman got away with murder.
It should come as no surprise that some of the very worst rants about George Zimmerman’s acquittal are coming from an Ivy League professor. The competition is stiff, but will be hard-pressed to keep up with Anthea Butler, an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The Zimmerman verdict has caused Butler to conclude that God is “a white racist god with a problem” who “is carrying a gun and stalking young black men.” There are conclusions Butler could have reached short of equating her caricature of Zimmerman with God.
Toward the end of his closing statement on Thursday, Florida Assistant State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda posted a slide on a screen in a fifth-floor Seminole County courtroom. "Which Owner would be more inclined to yell for help?" read the banner on the top of the slide. The slide was divided in two. On the left was a photo of George Zimmerman´s Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun, and on the right was a can of Arizona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail. Beneath the photo of the gun was the question, "Who followed?"
Perhaps I´m just a creepy-a** cracka´ who doesn´t get it. But it always seems that when it comes to standards, the left gives you two for the price of one. And the idea that white people "can´t" understand black folks -- a similar point to which was made in a recent article about the George Zimmerman trial -- is a good example. But before getting to that particular piece, I have a question: is the issue here that one race simply cannot understand another? Or is this really just restricted to white people?
1.The Sound of Wet Grass: Black Racists´ War on Black Women The Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman case has come to trial this week and the best thing that´s been said about it is from Thomas Maguire: "I´m proud to say I live in a country where the show trials look more like an SNL [Saturday Night Live] skit." You probably won´t know that if your source of information about the trial is the mainstream media and if your lifestyle doesn´t permit you to sit in front of the TV for hours watching the trial.
It´s a miracle! A fascinating and compelling movie whose plot is driven by the protagonist´s fidelity to the Constitution. (In fact there were more mentions of the Constitution than any other movie I have ever seen.) You have never seen a movie like Copperhead, and you ought to take the opportunity to see it on a big screen if you live in one of the forty-some cities where it is opening today. But even if you don´t, it is available today via all on-demand platforms, which is a great strategy to reach the widely dispersed audience
This is what happens when the President of the United States is dragged into making foreign and defense policy decisions, instead of determining American interests and then making policy to suit. And it is what happens when the president fails to make a clear case for those policies not only to the American public, but also to his own cabinet. It had been understood that senior members of the Obama administration wanted to provide arms to Syrian rebel forces in opposition to the Assad regime.
Michelle Obama has been capitalizing on her status as a descendant of slaves. Her latest junket to Ireland shows she is definitely enjoying the 21st-century benefits of the transatlantic slave trade her radical friends in Chicago refer to as "genocide" by white Americans. According to the First Couple´s pals, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Rahm Emanuel, and Dr. Conrad W. Worrill of Northeastern University, white Americans should monetarily compensate black Americans for past slavery.
The latest polls show that President Obama´s approval ratings are in free fall like a hot air balloon with the fire extinguished; his approval rating has declined eight percentage points over the past month. CNN reporter Chris Cuomo described the decline as "dropping like a stone." Lara Brown of U.S. News and World Report, declared, "The Obama presidency becomes more Grant than Lincoln every day." Even his standing as a "leader" has shown a six-percentage-point drop among those who think he is a decisive and strong leader. Worse, CNN reports that half of the public no longer trust the president
I have always believed that regardless of the laws of a nation, the social fabric that binds it is woven of mutual trust between the people and their private and governmental institutions. Once that fabric is weakened, the dangers to an ordered society are extreme. This week, the holes in the U.S. social fabric are manifest, and they are caused by the administration´s ever-expanding lawlessness.. The statements by the high-tech self-exile Snowden set off alarms even among those who are willing to repose their confidence in the general integrity of our intelligence services.
Greg Gutfeld opened the June 6th broadcast of The Five by talking about the IRS scandal and asking "What can we do as Americans right now? This seems like a golden opportunity to go after a bloated bureaucracy, clean it out and create something." The answer is to spark a national protest demanding limited government by doing 3 things: First, unhide our taxes. Even the 47% who don´t pay federal income tax pay taxes. During the 2012 Presidential campaign, Mitt Romney said "There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president, no matter what..."
With serious and demonstrable charges of administration wrongdoing popping up every day, conservatives are rightfully angry at the desultory treatment they get from the media. At Just One Minute, the poster known as "daddy" summarizes that feeling well: Worth mentioning how the NY Times and the WaPo and Andrea Mitchell and ABC/NBC/CBS/CNN etc, were all so interested in Sarah Palin´s Emails, that they recruited volunteers across the nation to help them pore thru them. Yet when Lisa Jackson specifically uses false email aliases like "Richard Windsor" (unethically and probably illegally) to conduct Government business, and Sebelius today is discovered
Mark Levin, who hosts one of America´s top radio talk shows and is considered by supporters to be the people´s pundit on the Constitution, is rallying his 8.5 million-strong audience to demand an historic convention of state governments to halt the "oppressive power" of the federal government. The author of two New York Times bestsellers on the threats to the Constitution, Levin hopes his latest, "The Liberty Amendments," out mid-August, will spark the state lawmakers to tap a rarely used Constitutional provision to institute measures that would brake President Obama´s use of executive orders, bar thousand-page laws and
FORNEY, Texas - George Zimmerman, the former Florida neighborhood watch leader cleared of all charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was pulled over for speeding in North Texas on Sunday, CBS DFW reports. According to the station, Zimmerman was armed when officers pulled him over on Highway 80 in Forney, east of Dallas. (Snip) The officer reportedly did not recognize Zimmerman, who was driving a Honda pickup. Zimmerman told the officer he was armed and was then told to put the weapon in his glove compartment, according to the station.
Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party´s 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office. But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "She´s a rock star," he said in a newly released interview. "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State. McCain, reportedly trying to win back his reputation as a GOP maverick, was asked by the New Republic
The former commander of special operations in Northern Africa told a closed-door briefing today that he was largely detached from events the night of the Benghazi attack as he was traveling at the time. The testimony of Col. George H. Bristol, USMC, Former Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Africa, had been eagerly anticipated by members of Congress. Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have
President Obama has been rolling up his sleeves campaigning across the country delivering a surreal stump speech message supposedly aimed at the middle class: big government works, Obamacare is manna from heaven, the wave of recent scandals are “phony” figments of the imagination, and all economic problems are the fault of the Republicans. Conveniently, he leaves out the bankruptcy of Detroit, a city run by his own party for more than half a century. His message is so stale and unconvincing, that even The New York Times and Washington Post have noticed. Both papers, usually loyal to Obama, remarked that
Gotta figure her lead would be even bigger without Joe Miller in the field here. Her nomination for the taking? Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller.
Embattled Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner and an attorney in the Federal Election Commission’s general counsel’s office appear to have twice colluded to influence the record before the FEC’s vote in the case of a conservative non-profit organization, according to e-mails unearthed by the House Ways and Means Committee and obtained exclusively by National Review Online. The correspondence suggests the discrimination of conservative groups extended beyond the IRS and into the FEC, where an attorney from the agency’s enforcement division in at least one case sought and received tax information about the status of a conservative group,
Sen. John McCain — a Democrat? There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama’s meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol. The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance. As McCain, 76, walked out of the Dem-filled space, reporters pressed him as to why he stepped foot in the room.
In an interview on National Public Radio (NPR), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said her new agenda for women will give mothers access to day care so they can “earn without carrying the burden of child care.” During the interview, aired on Weekend Edition Sunday, Pelosi spoke about her newly announced agenda, which is on her website, and is titled, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” a plan that includes universal pre-school and access to day care for working women, and an increase in the minimum wage.
Karl Rove and more than one hundred Republican donors sent a letter to Republican members of Congress on Tuesday, urging them to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would include, among other provisions, granting "legal status" to illegal aliens who meet certain criteria. Anticipating that lawmakers will face resistance to the bill when they go home for the August recess, the letter marks the escalation of a campaign in which Republican leaders and donors are pressuring House Republicans to act on an immigration reform bill.
In her first speech since taking over the Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy came out swinging Tuesday and promised to ramp up the aggressive climate change agenda laid out by President Obama.(snip)“Can we stop talking about environmental regulations killing jobs? Please, at least for today,” she said during remarks at Harvard Law School. “We need to cut carbon pollution to grow jobs. We need to cut carbon pollution to strengthen the economy. Let’s talk about it positively. Let’s approach this as an opportunity of a lifetime. There are too many lifetimes at stake.”
Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey — whose most recent work includes the psychological thriller, “House of Cards,” about an unethical congressman — said in a recent interview that most Americans just aren’t grasping President Obama’s greatness. “President Obama will go down as having passed some of the most historic bills in the history of this country,” he said, in a recent talk with Hot Press magazine. “That despite constant knee-jerk opposition from the Republicans. A lot of people don’t realize how much he’s done in the most difficult circumstances.” Mr. Spacey is far less appreciative of Congress. “It’s maybe interesting