Public School Policy Says Kids Don’t Belong to Their Parents

Written by Rick David on April 15, 2013

One news story this week was in reference to a crossword puzzle assigned to 8th graders in a Wisconsin school teaching that conservatism seeks to “preserve traditional moral values by restricting personal freedoms.” Examples are abundant and can be documented in the news every day. You can follow it on the Education Action Group website. Thus we have hordes of young people educated to believe, like Harris-Perry, in the concept of the “collective.” The public education curriculum, now becoming nationally standardized under Common Core, focuses on teaching evolution, secular humanism, atheism, antipathy toward religion, especially Christianity, global government as a solution for global warming, amoral sexual education including teaching that homosexuality is a “normal” and acceptable alternative choice and disrespect for life such that abortion is an acceptable form of birth control.

I believe the most effective solution is for parents to opt out of the government program. That is, take responsibility for your own children. This will require a significant sacrifice. We need to support private education and home schooling. Those of us who want to preserve freedom need to put our money where our mouth is and fund private education. (If you’re throwing it at the Republican Party, you’re wasting your money.)

The expensive and inefficient public system will collapse once a significant number of parents pull their kids out. Schools get federal funding based on attendance. The NEA goal is to have the federal government contribute up to 40% of all school budgets. The balance is paid by exorbitant local property taxes and state taxes. Under a competitive system, we could educate our children more efficiently and less expensively. Once the public system collapses, we could recover those costs by a reduction in all taxes. The void would be filled by private enterprise and parents would be offered choices in educating their children. Failing schools would not be propped up by government funding.

A familiar argument against the school choice movement has been that compulsory public education is necessary because the “poor” cannot afford a private education. Socialists are using the same class warfare that they justify for taxing the rich. To be sure, the public does have an interest, not a responsibility, in educating all children. Public school teachers are fond of complaining that they are saddled with educating “disadvantaged” children and thus their task is more difficult. To be fair, there is some truth to this argument. Public schools are filled with children who are not motivated and whose parents don’t take responsibility for their offspring. They are tasked with educating the crack babies, the drug dealing teen gangsters, and the fatherless children of drug dealers. Often, these students are in the same class as your child trying to get an education. Often, teachers can’t teach because the class is out of control, dominated by unruly kids who don’t want to be there.

But, I would ask, why is there a public “responsibility” to educate these children? Where is that written in the constitution? If the public education system collapsed, what would happen to these children? I don’t want to sound uncaring, but I think the best long term solution would be the school of hard knocks. If the children of parents who refuse to accept responsibility for their children were “kicked to the curb”, I believe, in a short time, a majority of them would wise up and experience a transformational attitude adjustment. Some of the kids might end up being institutionalized, but the percentage might not be significantly different than under the current system. Compassion on the needy is better served by churches and charities than by government.

We need a national day of protest, keeping the kids home and saying to the socialists and unions, “they are our kids!”

Image: Source: USDA; author: Ken Hammond; public domain

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Rick David retired from a career in business in 2011. His experience includes service in the USAF, in medical sales and in operations for an educational testing company. He has a passion for and has been actively engaged in conservative issue advocacy and campaigning for over 30 years. He currently resides in North Liberty, Iowa where he also served as a church pastor with his wife of 43 years and travels extensively volunteering in lay ministry.