Nowhere in the Constitution of the United States does it state that the federal government is burdened with the responsibility to provide each and ever child of the United States with an education. Education is not a right, it is a privilege that many take for granted. People in this country do not realize just how lucky they are to have the opportunity to take advantage of a free education. The question becomes at what cost is this free education being administered and where is the breaking point.
As other countries around the world easily surpass the United States in regards to the quality of education, the federal government feels it necessary to simply throw more and more money at a problem they have yet to even come close to resolving. If we look at the educational system in this country, it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that something must be done to get our students back on track to once again being the envy of the world.
First and foremost, people in this country must rid themselves of the mindset of government reliance. If the government were to no longer provide a federal education in this country there is no reason to believe children would instantly become illiterate.
If we were to do away with the “federal education”, education would then be left up to the states as intended by the Constitution. Each individual state has the right to draft it’s own Constitution and within that Constitution it can address the issue of education. As a result it should not be up to the federal government to issue decrees regarding the educational system in this country and threaten teachers and other “state employees” with pay cuts and furloughs in the case of federal spending cuts.
We all pay taxes that directly support school system that provide an education for all children. Suppose one family decides to have eight children and another only two yet both families pay the same amount of money in taxes. How is it that the family with less children should have to pay the same amount in taxes as the family with eight while one is consuming four times the services????
Also, suppose one family concentrates heavily on ensuring their children study and excel in school while the other could care less about how their children do in school. It then becomes everyone’s responsibility to pay for the children that don’t do well as they are held back, placed in remedial classes, or even instructed to re-take the classes altogether. Why is up to everyone to pay for others lack of discipline????
Now don’t get me wrong, there are many great teachers out their who dedicate an enormous amount of time and effort into providing their students the tools to be successful and those teachers aren’t rewarded enough for what they do. While this is the case, there are plenty of teachers that simply skate by which is another issue that must be addressed and can only be addressed by ensuring all teachers are held accountable.
Here’s some insight to the mentality of some of the teachers teaching our young today. This one administrator refers to her children as hostages simply due because she lies to parents saying the child is great in class rather than telling the truth. As a result the student is a “hostage”.
Regardless of the circumstances, I feel that we must get away from the idea that education is a “right” and get back to concentrating on the quality of the education. That is only going to occur if we get the federal government out of this area, hold the teachers and the parents accountable, and raise the standards.
If liberals in this country can find it in themselves to understand that it is imperative to instill in kids the drive and desire to achieve, we can put our kids on the path of success. We must praise academic achievement and reward kids for a job well done rather than downplaying their achievements just to ensure others “don’t feel bad.” That “feel bad” feeling is what should drive those who came up short to try harder and better themselves. If we can instill this in the young the desire to WIN, we can reverse the path we are currently on.
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