Monday, May 17, 2010

Compulsory Service for Education

The New York Times repeats what I've also been saying for years....
“This administration’s education vision is a very activist, expansive role for the federal government,” said Terry W. Hartle, senior vice president at the American Council on Education, who has watched education policies evolve in Washington for nearly 30 years. “We’re never going to be like France, where the education minister can look at his watch and tell you what every fourth grader is doing. But inevitably, with more federal education initiatives, more federal money, comes more strings, more federal control.”
And according to Duncan no one is opposing this massive takeover of our child's mind.

“Zero,” he said. “And as hard as we’re pushing everybody else to change, we’re pushing the department to change even more. There’s just an outpouring of support for the common-sense changes and the unprecedented investments we’re making.”
And just what "common-sense" changes are they making with their "unprecedented investments"? Along with national standards and tracking children from cradle-to-career (including their weight), how about a plan to tie education at all levels to "voluntary" community service.

The Departments of Treasury and Education are currently studying the requirement to tie 100 hours of community service to a $4,000 tax credit, thanks to a provision in the stimulus package passed by Obama last year. And we don't have to guess as to what their findings will be.

Obama said in 2008,

"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."
And in another speech said,
"So when I'm President, I will set a goal for all American middle and high school students to perform 50 hours of service a year, and for all college students to perform 100 hours of service a year. This means that by the time you graduate college, you'll have done 17 weeks of service."
Now, with "zero" opposition Obama's making good on his promise. We may never become exactly like Germany or France but it's looking less and less like America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, every day.

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