Ever since writing this post last week, I couldn’t help but keep turning the issue of government education over and over in my head. I’ve been having a really hard time wrapping my brain around why so many people- my former self included- just seem to obey whatever the powers-that-be tell them to do with their own children for 30-35 hours a week, 180 days a year.
I’m sorry, but it just isn’t right.
I’m really hoping against all hope to wake people up to this fact and at least ponder what I have to say here:
The government has no business being in the education business, and here are 5 reasons why:
#1- They are not the parents.
It’s as simple as that. They are not the parents. I know they like to think they are, but, as in a lot of things, they’re wrong. In a country that boasts about freedom as much as we do here in the U.S., you would think that someone would notice that it really isn’t the government’s business where, when, or how our children are to educated.
When compulsory schooling was instituted, parents were outraged and rose up in an effort to prevent what they recognized was an infringement of their parental rights. How is it that people of 150 years ago saw government overreach for what it was, and today as a nation we sit back idly and let them tell us what to do with our own kids?
It’s astonishing, and heartbreaking, to say the least.
#2- They can’t guarantee your child’s safety.
I find it a bit ironic that school districts and judges can send parents to jail and/or impose fines if their children miss too much school, yet the government can’t guarantee that the children will be safe in the school’s custody. I’m not even referring to school shootings here, but everything from bullying to sexual assaults that take place right under the noses of those who are supposed to be in charge of their care.
Those who have mandated that the children must be there.
Last year, a girl was shot in the leg outside of one of the high schools in our district. Last week two kids were assaulted by twenty other students- two of whom were armed with loaded guns- outside of the other high school.
So let me get this straight… somehow staying home is a worse scenario than the risk of being bullied, assaulted, or even shot?? What am I missing here?
#3- They can’t even do their own job (aka- governing) right. Why should we trust them with our kids, too?
I think most of us are well aware that the performance of our elected officials leaves a lot to be desired. Somehow along the way, they’ve forgotten that they are public servants, and instead treat themselves as nobility who can do whatever they choose.
Why in the world should they control education, too? I, for one, am not comfortable with the thought of my children being under the authority of people who are power hungry and unaware of how to do their own jobs appropriately.
Maybe it’s we, the public, that should be sending our bureaucrats back to school. Clearly, they need it.
#4- The government’s not really interested in educating your child.
They don’t want to educate everyone’s children. They want to make sure there are enough children trained in the art of being obedient workers to those lucky few who are in the upper echelon of society.
They want to ensure that your child has been prepared to be a good citizen. There’s nothing wrong with being a good citizen. I also want my kids to be good citizens. The difference is that their definition of that phrase and mine are completely different. I want my children to fight for what is morally right, while their definition would be fighting for what the government tells them to.
Which brings us to social engineering. I’m not going to get into this too much, but suffice it to say that our government has decided to redefine truth.
Right and wrong? Erased.
That, my friends, is social engineering.
#5- They’ve had their chance at education, and they are failing miserably.
It’s frightening how efficiently our bureaucrats have taken what could have been a potentially beneficial thing and seized control of it, mandated it, and destroyed it.
Don’t let them fool you with all their talk of education reform and Common Core and other nonsense.
In order for our education system to change for the better, every single schooling method presently used would have to be either completely wiped out or rewritten until it was unrecognizable, but…
…the government will never think outside the box with education.
Do you know why?
Shh…I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
They don’t want it to improve. See #4 ↑
Lest you think I’m being paranoid, take some time to take off your blinders and really look at what’s going on in schools today. Just objectively look. Not just at your child’s school, but at the nation’s schools, at large. It isn’t pretty.
I highly recommend John Taylor Gatto’s Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling and Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling.
Above all else, always keep in mind that you are your child’s parents. You. And you have it in your power to make sure it stays that way.