Friday, July 28, 2006

Socialism in Education

Over ten years ago, I called many major newspapers around the country cautioning them about national standards and the move toward socialism in education. One of the papers was the Wall Street Journal. The reporter in charge of education literally laughed me off the phone when I told him what I thought. "It'll never happen. The American people would never stand for this." he said. Looks like I was just a decade too soon. Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Insitute, wrote this in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal,
NCLB takes a giant step toward nationalizing elementary and secondary education, a disaster for federalism. It pushes classrooms toward relentless drilling, not something that inspires able people to become teachers or makes children eager to learn. It holds good students hostage to the performance of the least talented, at a time when the economic future of the country depends more than ever on the performance of the most talented.
NCLB paired with the Spelling's Commission on the Future of Higher Education, which is poised to begin implementing standards at the college level, the P-16 national control of education will be all but complete.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, Testing and national standards are the fuel that makes the engine of a planned economy run according to the demands of the state, not the dreams of the child.

And that Wall Street Journal reporter, he was wrong on both counts; it's happening and the American people are swallowing it hook, line, and sinker.

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