by: Diane Benjamin
When a politician announces free Pre-K for all – make sure they don’t get elected. Here’s why:
Free public schools weren’t the creation of the Founders, in fact there is nothing in the Constitution about government running schools. Progressives brought mandatory education to pass in the early 1900’s. In 1919 Arthur Calhoun stated “The fondest wish of Utopian writers was coming true, the child was passing from its family into the custody of community experts.” The goal was to take the power away from parents and put it in the hands of the government.
President Woodrow Wilson’s push for compulsory education rose from his well-documented racism against immigrants. “Our problem is not merely to help the students adjust themselves to world life . . [but] to make them as unlike their fathers as we can.” He believed the only way to “fix” the problem of immigrants was to brainwash their children in public school. Progressives did not intend to provide a good education, they wanted wards of the state. The first time the Federal government provided money to States for education was under Wilson. They haven’t stop since. Now they use dollars to coerce states into uniformity – think Common Core.
Interestingly, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson both thought the Bible could not be separated from public schools. They saw public schools as a way to indoctrinate children in religious education, thus taking away the traditional job of parents.
All this leads to the system we have today. You can send your child to a private school or home-school, but you will still pay for public schools. A massive industry has been created costing more than $8000 per child to educate. If the money followed the child instead of handing money to public institutions, the quality and cost of education would improve because of competition for dollars.
Instead, we have compulsory government managed state indoctrination. It’s easy to see why charter schools and school vouchers are a tough sell to everybody, except parents. It’s also easy to why politicians want to provide free Pre-K. Start indoctrinating earlier.