A Federalist View on Education

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Joseph Stalin was a huge proponent, and implementer, of a centralized government-ran education system. He was also a proponent of communism and labor camps. Stalin would use his education system to teach kids that what he believed was good for them and for the nation. Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, much like Joseph Stalin, used their government-ran education systems to indoctrinate young minds. America now, is leaning further and further into a centralized education system, which would put the power of educating children solely into the hands of the federal government. Remember, “absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

This is why I am passionate about saving our education system from the federal government and returning it to the states. The most important step we can take to fix our broken education system is to repeal anything and everything that has been or will be signed into law by the federal government that affects K-12 education. Repeal it because it is poison. Having the federal government involved in education is toxic; it’s unnecessary, it’s expensive, and it’s also unconstitutional.

The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution restricts the federal government to the powers granted to it in the original document, and delegates to the states the right to cover all other matters. “All other matters” would include education, seeing as how it is never mentioned in the Constitution. Yet, we pay the salaries for five thousand federal employees in the U.S. Department of Education.

If the idea of paying five thousand salaries to people in positions that are – in fact – in direct violation of the Law of the Land doesn’t make your blood boil, then do some research on the current U.S. Department of Education budget. In President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget proposal he “provides $69.4 billion in discretionary funding and $139.7 billion in new mandatory funding for the U.S. Department of Education.”  That’s $209.1 billion dollars in federal spending, and for one of many of the unnecessary federal departments we can and must eliminate. Understand that this department IS unnecessary.

Many, many people will tell you that the U.S. Department of Education is vital, and that there is a definitive place for the federal government in education. These people are what I like to call “wrong.” Do not let these people confuse you. I will help you address some concerns critics will have to this “repeal at all costs” plan.

Argument #1: National standards allow colleges to know that students from any state are coming in having met the same set of standards.

Rebuttal: By now, states pretty much know what colleges require, and would consider that when writing their own standards. Colleges, also, would understand what each state requires and consider that in their admission process. Most importantly, however, governors and state lawmakers could communicate to keep some continuity in their standards for this very reason. This would also encourage states, at both a K-12 and collegiate level, to compete for the best schools and teachers; as if they were in a free market. Additionally, this argument does not negate the U.S. Constitution and you are wrong.

 

Argument #2: States receive federal funding for their education. If the federal government cannot have anything to do with education, then how would they get their money?

Rebuttal: The vast majority of public education funds come from state and local sources. We could make up the difference in state or local taxes if you cut the federal expenses out of our federal taxes. OR if states opened district lines, and the money followed the child, the schools would have to compete for the money. Additionally, this argument does not negate the U.S. Constitution and you are wrong.

 

Argument #3: If it wasn’t needed, it never would have been created.

Rebuttal: You’ve seen Gumby, right?! What need did that creation satisfy? Progressives created several federal departments so that we would become more dependent on government and fall into a centralized system. We want to end this and put the power back into the state’s hands’. Additionally, this argument is stupid and does not negate the U.S. Constitution.

 

Alright, so you may not want to use those exact words, but you get the idea.

 

We need to say goodbye to No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Common Core, Every Student Succeeds Act, and anything else the government touched and injected into our education system. It’s time that we repeal every act of federal legislation as it relates to our education system, remove the U.S. Department of Education, and that the federal government relinquishes all powers over education back into the states’ hands.

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