When Congress created the Department in 1979, it declared these purposes:
to strengthen the Federal commitment to ensuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual;
to supplement and complement the efforts of States, the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the States, the private sector, public and private educational institutions, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education;
to encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in Federal education programs;
to promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information;
to improve the coordination of Federal education programs;
to improve the management and efficiency of Federal education activities, especially with respect to the process, procedures, and administrative structures for the dispersal of Federal funds, as well as the reduction of unnecessary and duplicative burdens and constraints, including unnecessary paperwork, on the recipients of Federal funds; and
to increase the accountability of Federal education programs to the President, the Congress and the public. (Section 102, Public Law 96-88)
What is so incorrect in each of these goals is the word Federal. When the Federal government became involved in the education of our children, the quality of education in the United States started on a downward trend and as the quality of education dropped the cost per student increased. This is true with every federal program that has been adopted.
With the takeover of the education of our students by the federal government, our education system was transformed to a system of indoctrination. Our children are now being indoctrinated based on the politically correct standards of the progressives. Our children are taught all that the politically correct group advocates; sex education as early as the first grade, homosexuality is to be celebrated, the principles of the founders were wrong, Muslim religion is good and Christianity is bad, and on and on.
Leaders of the Teachers Union have advocated teaching Marxism, social justice, income equality, and collectivism over individualism. Those in education strongly support the Marxist philosophy. Common Core goes far beyond setting standards of achievement as many would have us believe. Common Core incorporates all of the principles of indoctrination that the politically correct crowd supports.
To accomplish what the proponents of Common Core advocate their program will accomplish, higher standards of achievement for students, a totally different course must be adopted. What has to be done is:
Terminate the Federal Department of Education immediately and return all responsibility for education to the states and local communities.
Follow the leadership of Scott Walker in Wisconsin and prohibit any government organization from collecting dues for any collective bargaining group. This will greatly reduce the political power of the teachers unions and give greater power to local school boards.
All jurisdictions over school districts will be at the state level and not the federal level. Federal judges will not be able to impose their political prejudices on local schools.
We Freedom Loving Citizens must understand the education system has become an indoctrination system because of us and not the progressives. The progressives have done what they needed to do to accomplish their goals, they became involved, they took control. Now it is up to the Freedom Loving Citizens to accept responsibility and become involved and transform our schools back to the role of educating and not indoctrinating. All states should refuse Common Core, another tool of the progressives, and set their own standards. They must them reward teachers based on achievement and effort. Yes, this is simply a adopting that system of education that truly had the American student at the head of all measures of achievement when students were educated.