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