Tuesday September 1, 2015
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First, let's answer the question posed by the title of this string: There is nothing wrong with our schools, not a thing, except for the tons of paperwork and the interference with the school day generated by programs whose purposes are political instead of educational.
"But," you say, "our schools test lower than foreign schools, and so they are in need of improvement. I've been told that many times."
That is NOT TRUE! We have been lied to deliberately and repeatedly by people who are using us for political ends.
Here is what IS true:
FACT: Asians do better on some tests, for example 6th grade math. Why that is we do not know; it seems to be because of some innate ability.
FACT: When Asian students in Asian school are tested against Americans without regard to race or ethnicity they do better.
FACT: When Asian students in Asian schools are tested against Asian students in American schools the ones in American schools do better.
FACT: The same is true of EVERY ethnic group on the planet. White Europeans in American schools do better here, Hispanics do better here, blacks do better here, everyone does better here. EVERY ethnic group in America, if compared to the same ethnic group in its home region, does better here.
Therefore, Americans schools are better than any other schools in the world. There is no other possible conclusion.
So why is Washington pumping billions of dollars into a school system that is not in need of improvement? Two reasons:
The money comes with strings intended to force us to do other things, such as allowing illegals to attend our schools.
One quick and easy way to get votes is to "do something" for education.
That's the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, and I defy anyone, anywhere, to disprove a single word of it.
We do not need new national standards for education. We do not need new tests to see how schools are doing. We do not need more money. We need only that politicians leave our schools alone and let our teachers get back to teaching. If they do that the cost of running schools will drop dramatically and the current shortage of funds created by the the tons of paperwork that come with each daffy new "program" will end.
If you agree, a first step in getting sanity back into our schools might be to take this very short comment and e-mail it to everyone you know so they too know the truth.
Sorry I've been gone so long. Tom, that was the clearest most honest example of the problem I've ever read here. Well done sir. The Fed is like an octopus, gather all the control it can with the tentacles it has then find another Octopus to help.
Welcome back, Dan!
You're right. The Fed is like an octopus, getting its tentacles into everything--and doing it in contravention of the intention of the Constitution. What is very troublesome about it is that the federal government is using our own tax money to get into areas where it has no authority to act. I call it the tax-and-tempt loophole. They raise our taxes, give us back a small part of them to control us, create wasteful, unecessary agencies, and quite literally rob us of power using our own money to do it all.
I'm afraid it is going to take a Constitutional Convention, called by the states, to solve the problem. Changing what the federal government is doing will require an amendment that plugs the tax-and-tempt loophole. It will be impossible to get Congress to begin work on it because it will take away power that Congress and the President have stolen. The amendment will have to say that when Congress allocates money to the states in areas where it has no Constitutional authority the funds have to be allocated as a block grant. Its wording would be simple:
"Congressional allocations to the states in areas of state authority shall be in the form of block grants, made without special conditions or restrictions."
In other words, Congress could grant us money for public education but it would have to come without strings. If Congress granted us money for medical care it could not dictate how the state health care program was run.
It is, after all, our money. It was intended in the Constitution that the states, and the people, reign supreme in some areas. That is a fine thing, a bulwark against socialism, communism, fascism, monarchy, or rule by a federal aristocracy, which is what we almost have now. They all require a monolithic government. By wisely dividing powers between the states and the federal government, our Constitution intended to make the rise of such things impossible.
If the federal government really wants to help the states it can do it in either one of two ways: By giving us back our own tax money without strings, or by not taxing us so much, and allowing each state to run the things it was intended to run.
There is no reason why each state should not reflect the culture, attitudes, and wishes of its people. There are differences among people. There is no reason why those differences should not be recognized at the federal, state, and local levels, not to mention individual choice.
Liberty requires freedom of choice.
Based on my past posts, I am certain that you know we are in agreement about most issues concerning education. The recent posts are not exceptions. In regard to the Federal v. State/Local control discussion : I am reminded of a rainbow. It would be so much less vibrant with only one color.
I knew you would agree.
I have no problem with the federal governmment contributing to education.
As long as they limit their contribution to cash. :-)
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