WASHINGTON, May 16, 2014 – Education is widely recognized as the most important element of success, growth for any nation. Common Core should be the last straw for angry American parents that are seeing our nation, and our children’s educations, degraded.
The thinly disguised federalization of Americas education system under the guise of “national standards” is a joke where on an almost daily, social media highlights yet a new Common Core horror story.
Perhaps the most popular are those that show how under the new Common Core teaching simple math problems are transformed into incomprehensible nightmares.
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To understand the problem with Common Core is to understand the socialist education system.
The term socialist gets thrown around a lot these days. Words do have meanings and sometimes it is important to define those meanings.
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Socialism means the government plans the economic activity. This is versus Liberty is where the free market makes those decisions.
The best analogy for is this. In a socialist nation, people wait on bread. In a free nation, bread waits on people.
In America, the people now wait on the schools.
For those who are still fortunate enough to be able to purchase a home after five years of the Great Obama Depression, the number one driving factor for the home buying decision is the schools the house is zoned for.
The free market is taken completely out of the equation.
If someone is wealthy enough, they get great schools. In many school districts there are either lotteries for optional schools or in the finest traditions of the old Soviet Union, people line up and wait for hours or even days to try and get their kids into optional schools.
There is a simple solution that perhaps Common Core may be the final trigger for.
Abolish the public school system.
Notice, it is abolish the public school system, not public education. There is a difference.
In every state the public school bureaucracy should be abolished. Public schools should be replaced with private schools. Every child in the state would get a voucher to go to the school of his or her choice. Schools would then compete on a free market playing field for parents to choose which school their child would go to.
For poor kids, they will no longer be trapped in ghetto schools like New York City’s Public School 106.
In January, the media finally reported on New York City Public School 106.
PS 106 had no books and no activities for the students. Instead of educating them, the teachers just put them into the gym where they watched movies for hours and hours. The principle, one Marcella Sills frequently did not even show up for her job.
That school is in a neighborhood that is so poor, 98% of its students qualify for free school meals.
Sills was eventually fired but now that the media storm has blown over, it is safe to bet those kids in that school district are still not getting a decent education.
If they had vouchers, their parents could take them to a decent school. With the efficiencies of the free market, some of those schools would probably be able to pick those kids up.
The free market encourages good behavior and punishes bad behavior. How long would a school like PS 106 survive in the free market?
The answer is, it wouldn’t.
Remember when bread waits on people?
In the American system, kids and parents wait on a school system that does a horrible job.
Common Core should be the straw that breaks America’s education system’s back.
But will American parents say enough and demand the kind of education system that made America the greatest nation on the face of the Earth?