Mention school and who doesn’t have some complaint? Parents may complain about a teacher or the curriculum, teachers might dislike a particular student, administrators may be tired of the politics. From a broader view, politicians can’t resist the limelight that comes with the territory and taxpayers end up paying more for less.
Then there are the poor students whom we have consistently shortchanged. From their first encounter with the travesty that is the public school system to so-called higher education, a misnomer if there ever was one. There is plenty of blame to go around but one culprit stands out for special attention.
Department of Education Ineffective and Unwieldy
It should come as no surprise to those who are paying attention that, more often than not, when the federal government injects itself into a matter, it usually gets worse not better. Not only that, but much, if not most, of what the federal government does these days isn’t even lawful. It has no constitutional authority to do what it does.
Both of those charges are true when it comes to the arena of education. The federal Department of Education (DOE) had only been around since 1980. Some may be surprised at that, considering its enormous range of power, including the purse strings it controls. But, that is fairly typical. Once the feds get their nose under the tent, much more is certain to follow.
Naturally, there are those who are staunch supporters of the public school system, and all that entails. They may believe the DOE has a right to exist under the customary cited “Commerce Clause” rubric. Or, they may not even care. Increasingly, the integrity of the Constitution holds little significance in political debate, unless it can be twisted to one’s purposes.
But, at this point, even if we granted all that, the condition of the educational environment raises serious questions about its viability. It is rife with problems that threaten not only the ability to educate our youth but the very health of our society.Libertarians are often asked where their drastic reduction of the state would begin. The DOE is enormously destructive of liberty; it is also unconstitutional and unpopular...A good answer to the question is, 'Abolish the DOE.' Click To Tweet
Return Education to Local Communities
Calls for education reform have become so prevalent that we may not even hear them anymore. They all get lost in a sea of noise, with little difference between them and even less likelihood of success. While improvements may be made at the local level, the simplest answer is to eradicate federal involvement. Abolish the Department of Education.
“Neal McCluskey commented in the Washington Times on Obama’s proposed budget for the DOE. In ‘End Fed Ed,’ he wrote, ‘[Except] for granting jurisdiction over the District of Columbia and empowering the feds to prohibit schooling discrimination by states, the Constitution gives Washington zero authority to meddle in education. That means every federal education program, and the department itself, is unconstitutional…. The Founders gave the feds no education power for good reason. They knew that a national government couldn’t effectively govern education or anything else that works best when tailored to the unique needs of individual people and communities…. History has borne their wisdom out.'”
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