Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Federalizing Education

I've long thought that our nation is inching closer toward a seamless nationalized education from preschool through college. The Bush administration under Secretary of Education Spellings made attempts in that direction. What will the next president do? Obama has said he seeks to a "truly historic" commitment to education with bold reforms. Is he the man with the political will to fast track the federal takeover of education? Some people think so.

Obama said the following in a speech in 2007, Our Kids Our Future,
"I am running to be that President. And that's why I'm proposing a comprehensive plan to give every American child the chance to receive the best education America has to offer - from the moment they're born to the day they graduate college. As President, I will put the full resources of the federal government behind this plan."
Lee Carey of the American Thinker writes,
"Political will" is about provoking the will of the people to give the federal government the authority to education America's children. Obama sees himself as the Chief Education Officer of the United States. His Department of Education will manage one large, nationwide, public school district with a unified federal budget."
He believes that the response from most involved with education will be positive, except that of the homechooler,
"Home Schoolers: They'll see nationalization as a threat to their independence, because it is. But they're dedicated and resourceful people. They'll survive, and perhaps even flourish after a favorable court decision. (Maybe) "
Homeschooling will surive, but I'm not optimistic about it flourishing. Federal control of education will render homeschooling obsolete. There will always be some homeschooling diehards like me who will continue to the bitter end, but many will trickle back to the public system because of the greater opportunities given to those with a federal diploma and credentials.

Once nationalizing education is complete, it will be time to think global. In fact, some people already are. Secretary of Education Maragaret Spellings said in a speech on education at UNESCO last week,

"Imagine Cup finalist Louis Sayers said it well: "There's no one telling us that we can't do something.... If we don't like [it], we change it, and at the end of the day we know that [it] was built by us."

That is how we build a global platform for collaboration. It is the opposite of isolation. And it's exactly what we need right now!"

Socialism knows no political party.

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