When I was but a small boy, I discovered that I cared little for horror movies. Because I enjoyed sleeping at night, I had little enthusiasm for make believe monsters. Little did I realize then how incomparably tame are the monsters of our imagination. The worse monsters are human horrors. Unless we are properly educated and tamed with love, we feed upon each other.
Hence our nation’s most worrisome problem is the state of American education. Given what we know about socialism, why should it surprise anyone that as cunning government leaders assume greater and greater control of it, the state of American education grows slowly worse — crumpling and folding under the pressures of bureaucratic inertia and stifling unions?
Unfortunately, poorly educated people are gullible. So the latest reports bode ill. Consider the excerpt below from this article, Nationalizing Public Education Comes After Health Care, in the American Thinker.
Though not yet in great numbers, some who voted for Obama are now being heard to say that they didn’t vote for what’s happening. Those confessions illustrate their failure to do due diligence on the candidate of their choice. His intentions were clearly laid out in his campaign documents and in many of his non-primetime speeches.
When the nation was watching, he was all about hope and change, based on a delivery style that hid content vagaries. When more focused interest groups were addressed, his language foretold the sort of change he intended. Consequently, little of what’s happened comes as any surprise to those who kept up with the full array of his messages. But few voters had time for that. And the old liberal media had no interest (emphasis added). (from here)
Don’t we know who educated these voters? Was it not the members of the same labor unions who now earnestly want to nationalize the public schools? Do you imagine an easy escape — charter schools, perhaps?
As the Obama administration pushes for more charter schools, a teachers’ union is pushing for a bigger role in them.
It’s a new development for the charter school movement, a small but growing — and controversial — effort to create new, more autonomous public schools, usually in cities where traditional schools have failed.
On Tuesday in New York, the United Federation of Teachers expects to formalize a contract with teachers at Animo South Bronx Charter High School, which is run by Green Dot, a nonprofit group that operates charter schools. Ten other New York charter schools are unionized. (from here)
How likely is it that the president who is nationalizing our automobile companies and is giving them to the very same labor unions who helped to bankrupt them will save charter schools from teacher’s unions?
In fact, the process of nationalizing the public school system began when we first allowed the Federal Government to spend money on it. Now nationalization is just gathering steam.
On June 1st the Common Core Initiative was announced. It’s goal – to draft national academic standards which states could “voluntarily” adopt if they want to continue to receive federal funding for public education. The names and qualifications of those involved in drafting these so called “voluntary” standards are being kept secret. The first set of standards developed as a result of this initiative are set to be released on July 9th and the second batch is due several months later. (from here)
Check out the article above at RS RedState (H/T to the PWC Education Reform Blog; see here). Then consider how hard it already is to find any alternative to public education — even though we pay through the nose.
Consider an example close to home. When I was monitoring the Prince William School Board, I did some research (here). Back in February, the total proposed FY 2010 Prince William County Schools (PWCS) budget was $1091,665,670 (See page 21 here.). This was expected to be reduced by $83 million. That would have made the total per student spending (with a projected 1400 student increase) $14,605. Imagine. How much would you have to spend for a really good private school?