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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 15:28

The case against public schooling

Written by  Neal McCluskey, contributor

To hear her opponents, you'd think school-choice-supporter Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump's pick for secretary of education, would banish mothers, apple pie and baseball to a desert island. Her opponents suggest public schools (aka government schools) are just as essential to American culture.

Evidence begs to differ.

Soon after DeVos was nominated, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, took to the pages of the New York Daily News to preach doom. She proclaimed DeVos is "a grave threat" to the public schools "that made America great." She wrote that those schools are "the places where we prepare the nation's young people…to contribute. They are where we forge a common culture out of America's rich diversity."

Such rhetoric isn't new. That public schooling is the "bedrock of our democracy," as political theorist Benjamin Barber once put it, is a time-honored proclamation. But it is almost never backed with rigorous evidence, and it flies in the face of history.

Before the late 1830s when the "common school" movement began, few colonies or states had much government furnished schooling. Even in those that did, it was not much like what we consider public schooling. There was little compulsory attendance, it wasn't supposed to be tuition-free, and the education was overtly religious.

Read more at WashingtonExaminer

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Our schools are nothing more than cesspools

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Public education began a steep decline in the 60's when the National Education Association (NEA) started to effectively become the national teacher's union & effectively forced all public school teachers to join. The decline will continue until teachers unions & organizations like the NEA are abolished.

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The evidence that our K-12 and higher education, once the envy of the world, is FAILING, is overwhelming. The snotflakes learn very little, except liberal/socialist/communist/progressive/Atheist/Democrat ideology. Their ignorance of reality is staggering!

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This blurb is further evidence our public schools need to be changed.

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