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Education in America

One of the most distressing decisions that parents of a constitutional, libertarian, or conservative political persuasion are faced with today, is the choice between sending their children to a government run school system, choosing to send their kids to a private school, or choosing to provide a free-market curriculum at home.  As our national economic and social condition deteriorates, and while the government education systems of other nations surpass our own, the idea of sending children to an American government school becomes increasingly uncomfortable for many families across the country. I can think of five reasons why I wouldn’t want to teach in or send my child to a government school.

First and foremost, our government does a terrible job educating and preparing children relative to the rest of the developed world. 36 nations rank ahead of US children in their knowledge and application of mathematics. 26 nations rank ahead of US children in their knowledge of science. 23 nations rank ahead of US children in reading literacy. 17 nations rank ahead of US children when it comes to “problem solving”. In math, our national scores are not improving, regardless how much money we’ve spent per student.

The National Center for Education Statistics

Second, not only does our education system require enormous amounts of wealth to produce less than mediocre educational results, high school graduates are often ill-prepared to do anything in the real world. In other words, High Schools exist to provide their students with the tools they might need to get into a college, but not the skills they need to enter the work force. High Schools are not offering programs for children uninterested in attending a university, or children who do not believe their parents can afford to send them to college. These children lose interest and tend to drop out of school. Furthermore, government schools teach toward the lowest common denominator. Self-motivated students often get bored and lose interest in the educational process.

Third, with the influx of thousands of “undocumented minors”, using the parlance of our age, so too have we seen an influx in regionally uncommon medical issues, spreading quickly, and effecting large segments of the US Population. USA Today published an article this morning detailing a known, but previously uncommon respiratory illness.

Officials in several states, including Missouri, are reporting cases of respiratory illness, some severe enough to send kids to hospitals.

In Kansas City, Mo., more than 300 cases of respiratory illnesses were reported last month, according to the state Department of Health & Senior Services. About 15% of the illnesses resulted in children being placed in an intensive care unit, according to a health alert issued Aug. 29.

Ten states have contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for help in investigating enterovirus — Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky, according to WXIA-TV.

It may not be possible to prove precisely where this virus came from, but it seems to have traveled to several locations simultaneously, which seems to be an obvious coincidence with the importation of unscreened and undocumented children transported from South America’s more unfortunate nations, directly into the American heartland. It begs the question, “are our children safe in government schools”?

Furthermore, the majority of government run schools are no-gun zones, making them completely defenseless against armed assailants. I understand that this is an utterly unintended consequence, but not an entirely unforeseen one.

Fourth, government run schools preclude public expressions of a families religious teaching, serving as a strong example to children that religion is not something that should be expressed in public and that religious feelings and beliefs should be kept private. Religious or not, most constitutionalists, libertarians, and conservatives support the freedom of ideological self-expression, so long as that expression does not infringe upon the liberty of others through either force or fraud.

Finally, government schools have become a political wing of the federal government itself. Government-run schools are a playground for social engineers and idealists who understand the power of instilling ideals into young impressionable minds. Constitutionalists can be assured that there will be no strong teaching of the United States Constitution in government run schools in this country. Conservatives can be assured that there will be no strong ethical or moral values encouraged, and instead, children will be introduced to a nihilistic fog of a valueless multiculturalism which prevails in the classroom.

The teaching you provide at home can quickly be undone at a government run school. Libertarians, I think you know that there will be no promotion of free markets and free peoples, no lessons on individualism or self-reliance, and no empathy for the prideful sin of self-respect or personal intellectual discernment.

Government run schools are not bastions of education. They are not cranking out young adults prepared to conquer the reality of the world that awaits them. They leave High School as children, sent blindly into a world incomprehensible to the matrix of naive and idealistic thought taught to them for over a decade by teachers who do not share a sliver of your own world view.

While there are many wonderful and caring teachers in our government schools, trying to make a difference in the lives of America’s youth, they are no match for the political masterminds and the NEA whose grip upon these institutions are staunchly entrenched.

Schools are preparing children to vote Democrat, not to succeed in the free market that the Leftists despise. Frankly, I have seen countless examples of the value of homeschooling compared to all other forms of education and private schools are forced to compete in a free market, driven to place as many of their students into our top universities. This does not mean that they are bastions of capitalism and liberty, but it does mean that they are motivated to teach strong math, science, and reading comprehension skills.

I strongly believe that we need a massive national movement away from government run education. I do not believe that vouchers will get us there. The government will never aid us in escaping their controls. The responsibility here will rest entirely upon the shoulders of parents struggling to navigate a sputtering economy and an increasingly intolerant social climate of their own. In many cases, alternatives may be impossible. Anyone can see and understand the obstacles laid bare before the average American family when it comes to education. My hope, however, is that for every family where such obstacles may be overcome, that we see an increased attempt to do so, not just for the good of your families, but for the good of the nation as a whole. (Sorry, couldn’t help but to appeal to the utilitarians out there).

About Steven Brodie Tucker

Graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Also studied economics and political science at George Mason.

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