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The Federal Government’s role in Education

In the United States of America’s Constitution there is no right to an education. I know we all feel it is very important. Beyond important, it is critical for the success of our children in life and their future. We all know and agree it is true.

But the most important aspect of this critically important developmental aspect of a child’s life is the parent’s responsibility to ensure the education of their child or children. It is the parents responsibility not the government’s or societies. It is true our society; country, state, and local community have a vested interest in the education of the children but the obligation and responsibility lies with the parents.

It was not until October 17, 1979 there was even a federal department of education. It was signed into law by President Jimmy Carter. Up until that time each state guided by small local school districts (control by locally concerned parents) directed the education of the children in America. The scores and amazing productivity of our students was the standard of the world!

But since that time when Mr. Carter signed into law the federal department of education scores have steadily gone downhill. Now The United States of America is close if not on the bottom of scores when compared to developed nations.

Einstein’s definition of insanity is to expect different results when doing the same thing.

The time has come to acknowledge reality (proven by 3 decades of verifiable data). The federal government is fundamentally incapable of creating an environment in which local schools will improve the education of our children.

The time has come to abolish the Federal Department of Education!

The time has come to trust parents. The time has come to trust local school districts to know their communities and what is best for their specific needs and goals of our children/students.