We’re sailing into uncharted waters. For a century now the Education Establishment has had no real opposition to their statist agenda.
You know the laundry list:
- Skyrocketing government-education spending
- Extremist teacher unions like the NEA
- Ridiculous standardized tests
- Top-down curriculum control
- Relentless assaults on religious freedom
- Wacky anti-family sex-ed courses
- Mind-numbing “Lattice Multiplication”
- Bogus textbooks that brainwash our children
Conservatives have been too fearful to bring up any serious challenge to Forced Government Education.
The Educrats in D.C. have been devastatingly effective at hiding behind our children to justify every single extreme policy they force on our families.
Education has been treated like an untouchable issue by conservatives for far too long.
Your Education Freedom Committee, established in 2013, is changing that right now. The liberal Establishment in both political parties will no longer be given a pass; they’ll be opposed every step of the way.
We’re not going to beat them in a day or a week or a month or a year.
Remember, they’ve had decades and decades to build power, we must have a long-term approach just as they do.
We’re going to take on battles to fight the Education Establishment tooth-and-nail. We’re going to build our numbers. We’re going to raise money and organize across the country.
Success on these fronts strengthens us each day to steadily chip away at the government-run monopoly on education in our country.
So let me share with you our top national-level initiative:
Abolishing the Federal Department of Education
The federal government has no Constitutional authority to be involved in education.
There is literally not one mention of education in the United States Constitution.
The first and most important reason the federal Department of Education should be abolished is to return the federal government to its proper constitutional scope, thereby returning educational authority to parents, families, and local communities via their local elected school boards.
Education has historically been viewed as the responsibility of families and local communities.
Family and local-level school systems such as homeschooling and private schools should be favored based on their acknowledgment of the family as the most appropriate authority over the education of children.
Looking beyond the complete lack of Constitutional authority for the Department of Education’s existence and its usurpation of the educational authority of parents and families, there’s also another glaring fact:
It just doesn’t work. Every single effort of the Department of Education has been a colossal failure.
Federal education mandates like No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and now Common Core, have been hated by parents, teachers, and administrators, but loved by teachers’ unions like the National Educators Association.
Since its inception the Department of Education’s mission has been to NATIONALIZE our education system in America.
Destroying any semblance of local control or parental autonomy over the education of our children is the corner stone of the agenda.
Instead of attacking the faults of each new federal mandate piece-meal, we’re targeting the root of the problem at its source:
the existence of a federal Department of Education.
If you bring down the poisonous tree, you bring down all of its poisonous fruit as well.
The federal government’s one-size-fits-all approach to education has been proven to be ineffective, inefficient, and incredibly expensive.
One has only to look to the continually increasing violence, illegal drugs, and dropout rates and the continually decreasing educational standards and performance to see that the efforts of the federal government have been ineffective.
The Department of Education has done nothing but increase federal taxation and spending to pump money into state education systems, none of which have helped local schools.
Abolishing the Department of Education should not be regarded as a radical position.
The United States did not even have a Department of Education until 1980 and educational standards have steadily declined while federal education spending has increased by 600% since its inception.
Until the year 2000, when George W. Bush ran for president on a platform of sweeping education reform that later became known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, abolishing the Department of Education was listed on the Republican Party platform at every convention.
As late as 1996, the platform read:
“We will abolish the Department of Education, end federal meddling in our schools, and promote family choice at all levels of learning . . . We further urge that federal attempts to impose outcome- or performance-based education on local schools be ended.”
In contrast, a mere four years later, the platform read:
“Under [George W. Bush’s] leadership, the Republican Party commits itself to bold reforms in education – to make every school a place of learning and achievement for every child. We will preserve local control of public schools, while demanding high standards and accountability for results.”
Obviously, local control of schools has not been preserved.
Local control declines each year as increasingly authoritarian federal mandates and curriculum controls are passed, most recently: the Common Core State Standards Initiative of 2010.
It is not radical to think we should return the federal government to a scope it held less than 35 years ago. It is not radical to call the Republican Party to reclaim a goal it held until a decade ago.
It is not radical to call for the abolition of the federal Department of Education.
The truly radical position is the belief that the federal government has any place in the upbringing of our children.
Abolishing the U.S. Department of Education will not solve all of America’s education problems, but it’s a great place to start and it can only improve our local schools by freeing them from federal regulations and curriculum control, and by improving school choice.
Vice President of Policy
P.S. Every day battles are raging across our country over your child’s future. Help your Education Freedom Committee today in the fight to protect the freedom to learn in America: Click to donate here.
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