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Whose Job is it Anyway?: The Duty of Government in Education

As my colleague, Christine Rousselle, pointed out in her article “Indoctrination Story” here at TheCollegeConservative,  political agenda-pushing in the name of “diversity” begins at a young age.  Today, America’s school systems have become battlegrounds for a liberal agenda.  The excuse?   To “broaden the student’s outlook on life.” Please.

This may seem like a radical question to ask, but how much longer are we going to allow an inefficient federal education system to decide what the future generations of Americans learn?  Statistically speaking, mathematics and reading comprehension test scores have actually increased between the 4th and 8th grades, however, this illustrates a great point.  Children are being well-trained in 4th to 8th grades, while students’ standardized test scores in secondary education have never been lower.  Children are being prepared to be indoctrinated within the system.

As a whole, the Department of Education is a seemingly innocent system dedicated to providing education for all children.  So what is the problem?  Schools are no longer a place to learn just mathematics, reading, and writing.  They have become a safe haven for a world perspective, paid for by tax dollars, that may or may not give children the education that they need.  It all comes down to the argument: whose job is it to teach our kids?

According to the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

No where in the Constitution will you find a clause stating that the Federal government has a right to establish the Department of Education, which happened as a result of President Carter’s division of the Department for Health, Education, and Welfare.  Anyone want to take a guess as to what agency is funding and providing textbooks for our schools?

Take, for instance, an elementary school in North Carolina that came under fire for it’s possession of a story book entitled “King & King”, a story that promotes homosexual lifestyles.  The battle for ideologies starts at a very young age.  Do you really want a book at an elementary school library to explain the concept of homosexuality to a young child?  Hint: it’s not just tolerance of homosexuality that we’re talking about here.  Once again, whose job is it to teach our kids?

Not only are children being indoctrinated, but parents are losing their rights to decide what their child learns in school. With legislation and regulations being passed (anyone remember “No Prayer on Campus?”) and with the possibility of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, parenting is now at the mercy of government agencies.  The school system must responsibly educate the next generations of Americans.  Its about time parents come to the conclusion that they need to step in and take the responsibility of educating children away from the federal government.  It isn’t their job to teach kids morality, lifestyles, or anything for that matter; its a states-right issue, and the Department of Education needs to go.

Elissa Roberson // College of the Desert // @ElissaRoberson

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Comments

  1. Jonathan M. Williams says:

    Eliminate the Department of Education?? That’s ridiculous….And while I don’t think sexuality is something that should be taught at a very early age, I do think that it’s important to teach children about the different cultures that exist right here at home. Hate and fear grow from ignorance….Kids should hear about people of different races, ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations in a classroom setting, before they hear it from a friend through a snide remark or joke.

  2. Or parents could take on the responsibility of educating their children on morality and lifestyle (as well as other issues, including history). I don’t want a teacher telling my kids that homosexuality exists or that it is okay. I want to be the one to have that conversation with my children when I feel they are ready to discuss it. The federal hand of education is only watering down truths and trying to develop a generation of “tolerant” children who love big government and “diversity.” On a local level, there are good teachers and there are good administrators, but allowing the federal government to determine what is taught (and when) in our local school is ridiculous.

  3. caringnoah says:

    The low standardized test scores in secondary education does not necessarily lead to the conclusion to eliminate the Department of Education, and I don’t understand how it can be blamed on the allegedly indoctrinated public education system, where the only remotely related prove you can provide is an anecdote of your colleague. Instead I interpret the low standardized test scores as a need to reform the department and the way the federal government handle education.
    Regarding the constitutionality, US Constitution article 1 section 8 provides that “the Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States,” a power granted to Congress to raise funds and spend them on programs that are beneficial to American welfare — such as education.

  4. caringnoah says:

    There are two elements to the issue of homosexuality. First is sexual orientation, which school should be mandated to teach to prevent and combat bullying and discrimination that is prevalent in today society. Second is homosexual behaviour which should be left to the parents to discuss with their kids. Unfortunately both the left and the right in America have decided to take the extreme position. The right have been refusing to pass law to stop hateful language targeting people based on sexual orientation, while the left believe acting out homosexually should be accepted as morally correct.

  5. Strongly suggest adding a “google+” button for the blog!

  6. This is an interesting one to discuss, I’ve not much enamored of the Department of Education, especially the recent push towards basing everything off standardized testing. Living in New York as I do I’m a bit fearful of having my state at the least making more decisions so sometimes the idea of states rights comes off a bit skewed to me. Yet, that is the only way that education makes sense, and only just know did it occur to me that states could easily still band together to offer some security to business and people to know that certain things are being taught in both Maine and Arizona but they wouldn’t have to, something to explore.

    To me the King & King book issues seems to depend on whether they simply possess it or if they are pushing it on kids. At first I assumed it was being read in each class but if the library merely has a copy I don’t think a great deal of concern is required. Trying to think of a silly example to use, lets say a library, probably not elementary, has a copy of Rules For Radicals, would it be terrible for them to have a copy, lots of people have read it on both sides? I realize that it is different involving children, but, if parents are involved in what their kids are doing and reading then they could guide the reading, parental involvement is the key.

  7. There are just so many ways to learn math! Appreciate the post.

  8. Having been a teacher in the public school system for twelve years, I chose to stay home, for nine years now, to homeschool my children. It’s far more evil out there than one can imagine. There are many wonderful teachers. There’s only so much each of those wonderful teachers can do to combat all the awful influences kids are facing (at far too young of ages). It’s a huge sacrifice financially yet absolutely necessary to protect kids nowadays. When ten year olds are cruel to others over clothing… No need for it. Homeschool and teach your children to care for others, all others.

  9. Kerry the conservative says:

    I agree with Robyn… Washington State has some great teachers but you would not believe the new age-y crap that we have in our school system. One of our superintendants of education was a big new – ager and believed in “Indigo children” – that is, children that are reincarnated with old souls so they already have all the knowledge they need and it is up to the teacher to draw it out of them… so we have teacher/talk ratio time – meaning, the teacher cannot talk too much or they are reprimanded… so if your kid doesn’t understand something, too bad – teacher can only talk a certain percentage of the day. AND they have watchers that monitor what the teachers are doing… and they all have to be on the same pages of the same books at the same time!!! What a bunch of horse hooey!! No wonder these kids don’t know anything!! Not to mention the union koolaid drinking teachers are using the kids to go on strike with them… The unions are hideous in this state!!!

    And BTW, the Saudis are pouring billions of $$ into our school books – especially the history and social studies books… all in the name of diversity – and they tell all sorts of lies about Islam to make it out to be a peaceful and benevolent religion while the EVIL European Christians are the devil…

    Better look at what your kids are learning…

  10. There are two elements to the issue of homosexuality. First is sexual orientation, which school should be mandated to teach to prevent and combat bullying and discrimination that is prevalent in today society. Second is homosexual behaviour which should be left to the parents to discuss with their kids. Unfortunately both the left and the right in America have decided to take the extreme position. The right have been refusing to pass law to stop hateful language targeting people based on sexual orientation, while the left believe acting out homosexually should be accepted as morally correct.

  11. I don’t understand how you can blame the low test scores in secondary education on Department of Education, or the indoctrination (a loaded term) that is happening in the education system, where the only evidence you can provide is an anecdote from one of your colleague.
    Regarding the constitutionality of the federal involvement of education, it’s an age old debate between the quote you cited and the following quote.
    Article 8 Section 1: “to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and
    excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States,”
    Of course the usual response from the conservatives is to insist these words don’t actually mean what it say. Basically it’s he said, she said so I never bother to debate it because it’s just she said, he said.

  12. @Kerry
    I’m more concerned about big oil company who are pouring millions of dollars to numerous right wing think tank (e.g Heritage Foundation, Heartland Institute) to try to dismiss the science of climate change.
    Also, powerful Christians lobby who have been occupying the local school board to spread the misinformation about evolution (it’s just a theory they say while fail to understand the difference between layman and scientific definition of theory) and promote intelligent design as a matter of fact or a scientific fact.
    There’s certainly a problem in America when the majority of Republicans do not believe in scientific consensus on evolution (95% of scientist believe in either evolution with god-guided or not according a Gallup poll in 1997). What’s their reason? They assert the same way the author does, to claim the public education system as having a liberal bias so everything come out of it can not be trusted. It’s a convenient argument and an effective one.
    In fact I would argue the failure of the public education system is primarily because of the opposition of reason and fact from the religious fundamentalist in the state level.

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