For the Sake of Our Children, Abolish the Department of Education

CommentaryI don’t know if there’s a more reactionary, superfluous arm of the U.S. government than the Department of Education. (Well, maybe National Public Radio, whose newsroom called the Hunter Biden story a “waste of time,” but NPR only gets a small government stipend.) During the Trump administration among his most criticized appointees was Education Secretary Betsy DeVos—probably with justification. But in fairness to DeVos, no one could have done that job well short of turning out the lights and shutting the doors forever. Education should always be done locally, as far from Washington bureaucrats as humanly possible. This local control should avail itself of charter schools, and school choice (obviously). homeschooling and every other form of education that people—largely parents—can devise for the better education of their children to prepare them and the country for the future. This doesn’t have to do with money. One of the great illusions, great lies actually, is that the more you spend on education the better it is. Of course, you need a certain amount, but at a certain point, the reverse is true. Money becomes an instrument of control with the government withholding it if you don’t go along with their diktats. Further, fancy buildings don’t make a child smart. Never have. Some of the most brilliant people of all time came out of one-room schoolhouses, right, Mrs. Lincoln? You don’t learn to read and do basic math from gleaming buildings. You learn in small groups, working hard.   These days, few young people can write coherently or even parse a sentence. They don’t even know what parsing a sentence is. It’s rarely taught because considered too difficult by the geniuses with education degrees.  The results of federal control, any federal control, including the egregious Common Core, of our children’s education, have been nothing short of horrendous. The U.S. public educational system, once the envy of the world, is a disgrace, run from above by people who would never think of sending their children to public schools but are certain exactly how we should run them. This begins in our kindergartens where 5-year-olds are taught the likes of critical race theory (overtly or covertly) or explained the intricacies of transgenderism before they have the faintest idea of how to read or add and subtract. In classrooms today, teachers no longer teach. They read from pre-planned syllabi as if they were robots. These syllabi, often filled with carefully crafted left-wing gibberish, are intended to make sure our children get a “proper” education but actually do just the opposite: cut off communication between student and teacher.   This also produces teachers who are know-nothings, educated only in “education.” The process is circular and destructive. Teachers spend more time learning how to teach (i.e.. recite by rote what they are told to recite) than they spend actually learning information worth teaching. Instead of imparting information or actually teaching, that function is left to highly manipulated technology in the form of iPads and the like that are given to students from kindergarten onwards. The outgrowth of that is what I wrote about the other day—5-year-olds putatively taught to read via “The GayBCs,” including N is for nonbinary, T is for trans, and so forth. And don’t get me started on the teachers’ unions that are a conspiracy to preserve this system and exercise unfair leverage against taxpayers and parents who can only respond to their demands through politicians years after the fact.  They also who’ll be abolished. I say that even though I believe that the greatest people alive are the best teachers, worthy of more respect than anybody, national treasures in essence. Years ago, when he was running for president, I was a sometime speechwriter for then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry. I liked him a lot and he seemed a possible front-runner until he had that calamity during a debate when he couldn’t remember the federal government departments he would eliminate as president. The truth was Perry had just had back surgery and was on painkillers. If he only had explained that to the audience, all might well have been forgiven and who knows what would have happened. Obviously, one of the departments he would have abolished was Education. Maybe Trump or DeSantis will take up this worthy cause. Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times. Follow Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on GETTR and Parler @rogerlsimon.

For the Sake of Our Children, Abolish the Department of Education

Commentary

I don’t know if there’s a more reactionary, superfluous arm of the U.S. government than the Department of Education.

(Well, maybe National Public Radio, whose newsroom called the Hunter Biden story a “waste of time,” but NPR only gets a small government stipend.)

During the Trump administration among his most criticized appointees was Education Secretary Betsy DeVos—probably with justification. But in fairness to DeVos, no one could have done that job well short of turning out the lights and shutting the doors forever.

Education should always be done locally, as far from Washington bureaucrats as humanly possible. This local control should avail itself of charter schools, and school choice (obviously). homeschooling and every other form of education that people—largely parents—can devise for the better education of their children to prepare them and the country for the future.

This doesn’t have to do with money.

One of the great illusions, great lies actually, is that the more you spend on education the better it is. Of course, you need a certain amount, but at a certain point, the reverse is true.

Money becomes an instrument of control with the government withholding it if you don’t go along with their diktats. Further, fancy buildings don’t make a child smart. Never have. Some of the most brilliant people of all time came out of one-room schoolhouses, right, Mrs. Lincoln?

You don’t learn to read and do basic math from gleaming buildings. You learn in small groups, working hard.  

These days, few young people can write coherently or even parse a sentence. They don’t even know what parsing a sentence is. It’s rarely taught because considered too difficult by the geniuses with education degrees. 

The results of federal control, any federal control, including the egregious Common Core, of our children’s education, have been nothing short of horrendous. The U.S. public educational system, once the envy of the world, is a disgrace, run from above by people who would never think of sending their children to public schools but are certain exactly how we should run them.

This begins in our kindergartens where 5-year-olds are taught the likes of critical race theory (overtly or covertly) or explained the intricacies of transgenderism before they have the faintest idea of how to read or add and subtract.

In classrooms today, teachers no longer teach. They read from pre-planned syllabi as if they were robots. These syllabi, often filled with carefully crafted left-wing gibberish, are intended to make sure our children get a “proper” education but actually do just the opposite: cut off communication between student and teacher.  

This also produces teachers who are know-nothings, educated only in “education.” The process is circular and destructive. Teachers spend more time learning how to teach (i.e.. recite by rote what they are told to recite) than they spend actually learning information worth teaching.

Instead of imparting information or actually teaching, that function is left to highly manipulated technology in the form of iPads and the like that are given to students from kindergarten onwards. The outgrowth of that is what I wrote about the other day—5-year-olds putatively taught to read via “The GayBCs,” including N is for nonbinary, T is for trans, and so forth.

And don’t get me started on the teachers’ unions that are a conspiracy to preserve this system and exercise unfair leverage against taxpayers and parents who can only respond to their demands through politicians years after the fact.  They also who’ll be abolished.

I say that even though I believe that the greatest people alive are the best teachers, worthy of more respect than anybody, national treasures in essence.

Years ago, when he was running for president, I was a sometime speechwriter for then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry. I liked him a lot and he seemed a possible front-runner until he had that calamity during a debate when he couldn’t remember the federal government departments he would eliminate as president.

The truth was Perry had just had back surgery and was on painkillers. If he only had explained that to the audience, all might well have been forgiven and who knows what would have happened.

Obviously, one of the departments he would have abolished was Education. Maybe Trump or DeSantis will take up this worthy cause.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.


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Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on GETTR and Parler @rogerlsimon.